Neuroblastoma Awareness Month 2015


WHEREAS, neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that causes tumors to develop in the nervous tissue of different regions of the body such as the neck, chest, spinal cord, and, most commonly, the adrenal glands; and

WHEREAS, neuroblastoma is the most common cancer found in infants, accounting for six percent of all cancers found in children, reaching about 700 new diagnoses each year; and

WHEREAS, the diagnosis most often occurs between the ages of one and two, about 90% of the detections happen before the age of five. In a majority of cases, the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body before it is diagnosed; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms are most commonly lumps in the abdomen, neck and chest, bone pain, dark circles around eyes, swollen stomachs and inability to move body parts. These symptoms are sometimes overlooked and lead to a late diagnosis, which often results in the cancer spreading; and

WHEREAS, the treatment for neuroblastoma is often a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, both of which can lead to physical discomfort, long term effects, and financial burdens; and

WHEREAS, these treatments are advancing and expanding the life expectancies of young patients; and

WHEREAS, Neuroblastoma Awareness Week is an opportunity to gain support for the advancing treatments and technology and bring awareness so that diagnoses will be made earlier and with positive outcomes expected;

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