Stomach Cancer Awareness Month


WHEREAS, stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, affects the upper middle part of the abdomen where digestion occurs; and

WHEREAS, almost all stomach cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids), producing malignant cancer cells on the lining of the stomach; and

WHEREAS, stomach cancers tend to develop slowly in old age, making early detection rare and treatment difficult in early development; and

WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, more than 24,000 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed, and about 10,000 of those cases will result in death; and

WHEREAS, treatment options for stomach cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination; and

WHEREAS, throughout the month of November, individuals are encouraged to take the opportunity to promote awareness about stomach cancer and to support those patients currently battling stomach cancer and those who have lost loved ones to this disease;

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