Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the vast majority of colon cancer deaths can be prevented through proper screening and early detection; and

WHEREAS, the survival rate of individuals who have colorectal cancer vary greatly, as no two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and response to treatment can vary greatly; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Cancer Institute in 2015, it was estimated that there would be more than 132,000 new cases of colorectal cancer and an estimated 49,700 deaths; 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 2016 as COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.