October 2016: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, each year an estimated 246,000 women and 2,600 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women; and,

WHEREAS, when cells in the breast divide and grow out of control, they form tumors. Tumors are either benign, non-cancerous or malignant, abnormal and cancerous. A malignant tumor that develops in the breast is called breast cancer; and,

WHEREAS, the exact cause of breast cancer remains unknown and, at this time, there is no cure. However, through research and advocacy, significant advances have been made in the fight against breast cancer, including an increase in survival rates for localized breast cancer; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with numerous organizations, agencies and health professionals to raise awareness of breast cancer in Michigan. We encourage people throughout the state to learn more about breast cancer, proper breast health and the importance of having an annual mammogram;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.