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WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States (excluding skin cancer), and currently there is no cure; and
WHEREAS, symptoms include a change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, persistent abdominal discomfort, weakness and fatigue, and unexplained weight loss; and
WHEREAS, many people with colorectal cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 97,220 cases of colon cancer and 43,030 cases of rectal cancer were diagnosed in the United States in 2018, as well as an estimated 50,630 deaths from colorectal cancer; and
WHEREAS, overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 22 for men and 1 in 24 for women; and
WHEREAS, there are now more than one million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is that 80 percent of Americans ages 50 and older be screened by the year 2018; and
WHEREAS, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to offer education on the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and the importance of early detection and screening;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2019 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.