2017 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among men and women, and there is no cure; and

WHEREAS, approximately every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and every 10 minutes, someone dies from colorectal cancer; and

WHEREAS, the survival rate of individuals who have early stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent, but is only 10 percent when diagnosed after it has spread to other organs; and

WHEREAS, 39 percent of colorectal cancer patients have their cancers detected at an early stage; and

WHEREAS, if the majority of people in the United States age 50 or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate could plummet by up to 80 percent; and

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates are highest in African-American men and women; and

WHEREAS, the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is that 80 percent of Americans ages 50 and older be screened by the year 2018; and

WHEREAS, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to offer education on the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and the importance of early detection and screening;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2017 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.