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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


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, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020 104,610 new cases of colon cancer and 43,340 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed nationally, as well as an estimated 53,200 deaths from colorectal cancer; and

WHEREAS, overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23 for men and 1 in 25 for women; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that all people, of all ages, know the signs and symptoms of the disease; and

WHEREAS, the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is that 80 percent of Americans ages 50 and older be screened for colorectal cancer; 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 2020 as COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.