September 2016: Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Pulmonary Fibrosis is scarring in your lungs that limits the amount of oxygen that can enter your blood stream and as a result your brain, heart and other organs don’t get the oxygen they need to function properly; and,

WHEREAS, it is estimated that approximately 200,000 people in the Unites States are affected by Pulmonary Fibrosis; and,

WHEREAS, in the United States an estimated 50,000 new cases of Pulmonary Fibrosis are diagnose each year, and also affect 1 in 200 adults over the age of 65; and,

WHEREAS, there are limited treatment options for Pulmonary Fibrosis and treatment strategies are highly individualized based upon medical history and other important conditions; and,

WHEREAS, Pulmonary Fibrosis is often misdiagnosed and under-diagnosed; and,

WHEREAS, Pulmonary Fibrosis is the number one indicator of the need for a lung transplant in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, there is no cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the average life span is 3 to 5 years once diagnosed; and,

WHEREAS, Pulmonary Fibrosis is 3 to 6 times more common than Cystic Fibrosis and someone dies every 13 minutes from the condition; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the need to develop more effective treatments for Pulmonary Fibrosis and provide access to quality care for people who are living with the condition;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in Michigan.