Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women 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 early stage colorectal cancer is 90 percent but is only 10 percent when diagnosed after it has spread to other organs; and

WHEREAS, it is important to educate oneself on the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and to be aware that risk factors increase after the age of 50; 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 2015 as COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.