Turner Syndrome Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, Turner Syndrome (TS), also known as Ullrich-Tuner Syndrome or gonadal dysgenesis, is a non-inheritable chromosomal disorder that affects about one in every 2,000 female births; and

WHEREAS, individuals with TS have an increased risk of non-verbal learning disorders, increasing problems in mathematics, visuospatial skills, and executive function skills; and

WHEREAS, the risk for acute aortic dissection is significantly increased in young and middle-aged women with TS; and

WHEREAS, early diagnosis ensures a complete cardiac screening and can facilitate prevention or remediation of growth failure, hearing problems, and learning difficulties; and

WHEREAS, with the help of medical specialists and proper social support, a woman with TS can live a happy, healthy life; and

WHEREAS, Turner Syndrome Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase awareness of and support research into TS, and to recognize the incredible strength of those living with TS;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize February 2016 as TURNER SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.