October 17-23, 2021: Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week

WHEREAS, an estimated 2,650 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and an estimated 530 men each year will die from the disease; and,


WHEREAS, the public commonly thinks of breast cancer as a disease affecting only women, a misconception that can delay diagnosis and treatment in men, often leading to death; and,


WHEREAS, early detection of male breast cancer is critical, as men who are diagnosed when breast cancer is in its earliest stages have an increased chance of successful treatment and, ultimately, survival; and,


WHEREAS, due in part to a lack of awareness that men can develop the disease, men are generally diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage than women, which affects prognosis and treatment; and,


WHEREAS, in order to facilitate early diagnosis and prompt treatment of male breast cancer, public education, awareness, and understanding of the disease is necessary; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we remember the men who have lost their lives to breast cancer and support those who are currently fighting this often-overlooked disease;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 17-23, 2021, as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Michigan.