March 2014: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States;

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer affects men and women equally;

WHEREAS, every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with colorectal cancer and every 10 minutes someone dies from colorectal cancer;

WHEREAS, the vast majority of colon cancer deaths can be prevented through proper screening and early detection;

WHEREAS, only 39 percent of colorectal cancer patients have their cancers detected at an early stage;

WHEREAS, the survival rate of individuals who have early stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent but is only 10 percent when diagnosed after it has spread to other organs;

WHEREAS, if the majority of people in the United States age 50 or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate from this disease could plummet by up to 70 percent;

WHEREAS, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives are significantly less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer compared to White Americans;

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable in most cases;

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, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.