January 2017: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, there will be an estimated 12,990 new cases of invasive cervical cancer diagnosed in the US in 2016, with about 4,120 of those women eventually succumbing to the condition; and,

WHEREAS, cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). Cervical cancer can often be successfully treated when it is found early; and,

WHEREAS, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. Over the last 40 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than half due in part to the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops. It can also find cervical cancer early, in its most curable stage; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with numerous organizations, agencies and health professionals to raise awareness of cervical cancer in Michigan. We encourage people throughout the state to learn more about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and preventative measures such as vaccines like the Gardasil shot, proper gynecological health screenings such as the HPV screening, the annual Pap test, the Well Women Exam, and the importance of early detection to prevent invasive cervical cancer disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 2017 as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.