WHEREAS, more than 900,000 Michigan citizens over the age of 20 have chronic kidney disease, and an even greater number are at risk for developing the disease; and,
WHEREAS, healthy kidneys are essential for regulating our bodies by removing fluids, waste, and toxins; kidneys release hormones that help regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells and strengthen our bones; and,
WHEREAS, the precise cause of kidney cancer is unknown, however the two main causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure; diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for more than 70 percent of all kidney failure cases, showing that kidney failure and disease can often be delayed or prevented; and,
WHEREAS, advances in diagnosis and procedures such as radiation and chemotherapy create opportunity for kidney cancer patients to live longer; more than 200,000 kidney cancer survivors live in the United States today; and,
WHEREAS, during Kidney Health and Cancer Awareness Month , we ask the citizens of Michigan to raise awareness and encourage regular screenings of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for chronic kidney disease—if detected early, treatment is likely more effective;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Kidney Health and Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.