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WHEREAS, the health and well-being of all Virginians is of great importance to the prosperity, happiness, and livelihood of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, skin cancer is the most common cancer both in the United States and worldwide, with an estimate of over five million cases diagnosed each year; and
WHEREAS, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70; and
WHEREAS, there are three main types of skin cancer, the most serious being melanoma; and
WHEREAS, research has shown that people of color are more likely to die of skin cancer; and
WHEREAS, skin cancer is highly curable with early, equal, and adequate access to care; and
WHEREAS, Skin Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate the Commonwealth of Virginia to better combat this disease;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2021 as SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.