Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, an estimated 1,060 Virginians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; and

WHEREAS, there are no effective early detection methods presently available, and most symptoms are vague and could be attributed to other conditions; and

WHEREAS, when symptoms of pancreatic cancer become apparent it is usually after the cancer has advanced and spread to other organs; and

WHEREAS, 73 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of diagnosis, and 94 percent die within five years of diagnosis; and

WHEREAS, each case of pancreatic cancer is a tragedy that devastates patients and their loved ones; and

WHEREAS, the good health and well-being of the residents of Virginia are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about pancreatic cancer and research of early detection, causes, and effective treatments; and

WHEREAS, throughout the month of November, organizations and health practitioners in Virginia are encouraged to take the opportunity to promote awareness about pancreatic cancer and to support those patients currently battling pancreatic cancer and those who have lost loved ones to this horrible disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2014 as PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.