March 22, 2014: Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome, a part of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is a hereditary condition that causes greater risk of developing colorectal, endometrial, urinary tract, ovarian, pancreatic and other types of cancers; and,

WHEREAS, geneticists estimate that approximately 22,500 individuals in Michigan and over 800,000 persons throughout the U.S., alone, have Lynch syndrome, including one in every 440 persons and studies show that only 5 percent of those with a family or personal history of colon cancer have been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome; and,

WHEREAS, every person should know their family history and share it with their physician to determine if their family may be at high risk for hereditary cancers and every newly diagnosed colorectal cancer and endometrial cancer should be screened for Lynch syndrome characteristics to prompt risk assessment and further testing; and,

WHEREAS, having knowledge of a Lynch syndrome diagnosis can increase cancer prevention through regular screening measures, and lead to earlier cancer detection and treatment; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join together to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome in Michigan and encourage all residents to learn more about this hereditary condition, to collect their family history information, and to share it with their healthcare provider in order to assess individual risk and take steps toward prevention and detection;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, March 22, 2014, as Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day in Michigan.