November 17, 2016: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day

WHEREAS, in 2016 an estimated 53,070 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 41,780 will die from the disease; and,

WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer surpassed breast cancer this year to become the third leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. It is projected to become the second leading cause by 2020; and,

WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 8 percent; and,

WHEREAS, when symptoms of pancreatic cancer present themselves it is generally in later stages, and 71 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first-year of their diagnosis; and,

WHEREAS, pancreatic cancer is the seventh most common cause of cancer-related death in men and women across the world; and,

WHEREAS, there will be an estimated 418,451 new pancreatic cancer cases diagnosed worldwide in 2020; and,

WHEREAS, the health and well-being of the residents of Michigan is enhanced as a result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research into early detection, causes and effective treatments;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 17, 2016 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day in Michigan.