Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and claims more than 50,000 American lives each year; and

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

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer affects men and women; the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with cancer of the colon or rectum in 5.5 percent for men and 5.1 percent for women in the United States; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 142,820 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States; and

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

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

WHEREAS, regular colorectal screening is ranked as one of the most cost-effective screening interventions available, with the potential to save 40,000 lives a year; and

WHEREAS; if the majority of people in the United States age fifty or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate from this disease could fall by as much as 70 percent; and

WHEREAS, greater awareness of this cancer and the means to prevent it could save the lives of tens of thousands of people in the United States each year; and

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable; and

WHEREAS, observing a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month during the month of March provided a special opportunity to offer education on the importance of early detection and screening;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2014 as COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.