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March 2019: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among men and women combined; and,

WHEREAS, one in twenty-two men and one in twenty-four women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetimes; and,

WHEREAS, there are now more than one million survivors of colorectal cancer in the U.S.; and,

WHEREAS, it is critical that all people, of all ages, know the signs and symptoms of the disease; and,

WHEREAS, regular screening beginning at age 50 has the potential to prevent colorectal cancer through polyp removal, and early detection can find cancer when treatment is usually more successful;

WHEREAS, the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is 80 percent of Americans aged 50 and older be screened in every community;

WHEREAS, observing a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month during the month of March would provide a special opportunity to offer education on the importance of early detection and screening;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2019 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.