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, 12,578 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer nationwide, and 4,115 died from the disease; and
WHEREAS, regular cervical cancer screening tests are an effective way to detect the disease early, when it can still be successfully treated; and
WHEREAS, cervical cancer vaccines are now widely available, and combined with regular screenings, they provide an effective means of preventing the disease; and
WHEREAS, in the past 40 years, the number of cases and deaths from cervical cancer decreased significantly due to the increase in regular screenings; and
WHEREAS, increasing awareness of prevention and detection techniques among patients and health care providers is a key component in safe-guarding cervical health; and
WHEREAS, throughout the month of January, organizations and healthcare practitioners are encouraged to promote awareness about cervical cancer, and to support patients currently battling cervical cancer and those who have lost loved ones to this disease;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 2018 as CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.