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WHEREAS, stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, tends to develop slowly over many years, rarely causes symptoms, and is difficult to detect in the early stages; and
WHEREAS, in 2020, there will be an estimated 27,600 cases of stomach cancer diagnosed in the United States; and
WHEREAS, approximately 11,000 people will die from stomach cancer in the United States this year; and
WHEREAS, approximately 0.8 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with stomach cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on the most recent data; and
WHEREAS, Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers, while pursuing the ultimate goal of making the cure for stomach cancer a reality; and
WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by stomach cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of all forms of stomach cancer continues to be vigorously supported;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 2020 as STOMACH CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.