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September 2022: Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

WHEREAS, a brain aneurysm is an abnormal bulging of an artery in the brain; and,

WHEREAS, an estimated 1 out of every 50 individuals in the United States has a brain aneurysm; and,

WHEREAS, brain aneurysms are most likely to occur in individuals between the ages of 30 and 60; and,

WHEREAS, brain aneurysms are more likely to occur in women than in men by a 3 to 2 ratio; and,

WHEREAS, young and middle-aged African Americans have a higher risk of brain aneurysm rupture compared to Caucasians in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, various risk factors can contribute to the formation of a brain aneurysm, including smoking, hypertension, and a family history of brain aneurysms; and,

WHEREAS, a subarachnoid hemorrhage is when a brain aneurysm ruptures in the space between the brain and the thin tissues covering the brain, and can lead to brain damage, stroke, and death; and,

WHEREAS, each year, more than 30,000 individuals in the United States suffer from ruptured brain aneurysms, 50 percent of whom die as a result; some have a family history; and,

WHEREAS, early detection of brain aneurysms can save lives; and,

WHEREAS, various research studies are currently being conducted in the United States in order to better understand, prevent, and treat brain aneurysms; and,

WHEREAS, on September 15, we specifically recognize Brain Aneurysm Awareness Day; and,

WHEREAS, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, a nonprofit organization, remains a globally recognized leader for brain aneurysm awareness, education, support, advocacy, and research funding;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2022 as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in Michigan.