2017 Sarcoidosis Awareness Month


WHEREAS, sarcoidosis is the growth of inflammatory cells on various parts of the body, most commonly on the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes, and skin; and

WHEREAS, sarcoidosis affects nearly 200,000 people in the United States; and 

WHEREAS, Sarcoidosis is most common among adults between the ages of 20 and 40, with women and African Americans having a higher chance of contracting the disease; and

WHEREAS, the signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis vary widely depending on the person and organs affected and can include fatigue; fever; swollen lymph nodes; and weight loss; and

WHEREAS, research suggests the cause of sarcoidosis is a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but the exact cause and progression of the disease is still unknown; and

WHEREAS, sarcoidosis can be difficult to diagnose, and its symptoms can mimic those of other disorders; 

WHEREAS, sarcoidosis can require numerous diagnostic tests and ongoing clinical observation and/or management, creating expensive medical bills for patients and family members; and

WHEREAS, there is no known cure to slow or halt the progression of chronic cases; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Sarcoidosis Awareness Month aims to generate public understanding, support, and compassion for those suffering from the disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2017 as SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.