Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week


WHEREAS, an estimated 2,100 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and an estimated 450 men each year will die from the disease; and

WHEREAS, the misconception that breast cancer is a disease that affects only women can delay diagnosis and treatment in men; and

WHEREAS, early detection of male breast cancer is critical, as men who are diagnosed when breast cancer is in its earliest stages have an increased chance of successful treatment and survival; and

WHEREAS, in order to facilitate the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of male breast cancer, public education and understanding of the disease is necessary; and

WHEREAS, October 19-25, 2014, is designated as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week; and  

WHEREAS, Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week is an opportunity to remember the men who have lost their lives to breast cancer and to increase awareness about its diagnosis, treatment, and prevention;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 19-25, 2014, as MALE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.