Lung Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, lung cancer is caused by uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in the lungs, and may spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body; and

WHEREAS, lung cancer is usually grouped into two main types, with different treatments, called small cell and non-small cell; and

WHEREAS, in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 210,000 individual were diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States; and

WHEREAS, in 2015, the American Cancer society estimated that more than 220,000 new cases of lung cancer will occur, with an estimated 158,000 resulting in deaths; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to making lung cancer a public health priority, supporting advocacy work on behalf of lung cancer patients and all those at risk for the disease, and offering support and care for all those in our community affected by lung cancer; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by lung cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of all forms of lung cancer continues to be vigorously supported;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2015 as LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.