2017 Hereditary Lynch Syndrome Cancer Awareness Day

3/21/2017

WHEREAS, Lynch Syndrome, a part of the hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, is a hereditary condition that causes greater risk of developing colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, stomach, hepatobiliary tract, urinary tract, among other types of cancers; and

WHEREAS, Lynch Syndrome creates a hereditary predisposition to cancer at a high lifetime risk and often at an early onset age; and

WHEREAS, every person should know their family history and share it with their physician to determine if their family may be at high risk for hereditary cancers; and

WHEREAS, every newly diagnosed colorectal cancer and endometrial cancer should be screened for Lynch Syndrome characteristics to prompt risk assessment and genetic testing; and

WHEREAS, a positive genetic test will determine if these cancers are hereditary or familiar, and they will qualify affected individuals for regular cancer screening tests so that growths, polyps, and tumors may be detected early and treated or removed before becoming life threatening; and

WHEREAS, increasing knowledge and awareness of Lynch Syndrome diagnoses can increase cancer prevention through regular screening measures and can lead to earlier cancer detection and treatment; and

WHEREAS, Hereditary Lynch Syndrome Cancer Awareness Day provides us with the opportunity to learn more about this hereditary condition and to encourage Virginians to collect their family history and share it with their healthcare provider in order to assess individual risk and take steps toward prevention and detection;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 22, 2017, as HEREDITARY LYNCH SYNDROME CANCER AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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