WHEREAS, in 2018, more than 2,550 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 480 men will die from the disease; and
WHEREAS, the misconception that breast cancer is a disease that affects only women can delay diagnosis and treatment in men; and
WHEREAS, early detection of male breast cancer is critical, as men who are diagnosed when breast cancer is in its earliest stages have an increased chance of successful treatment and survival; and
WHEREAS, due in part to a lack of awareness that men can develop the disease, men are generally diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage than women, which affects prognosis and treatment; and
WHEREAS, in order to facilitate the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of male breast cancer, public education and understanding of the disease is necessary; and
WHEREAS, Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week is an opportunity to remember the men who have lost their lives to breast cancer, support those who are currently fighting this often overlooked disease, and to increase awareness about early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 14-20, 2018, as MALE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.