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WHEREAS, triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of cancer in which breast cancer cells test negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and HER2; and
WHEREAS, these results mean the growth of the cancer is not responsive to hormonal therapy or therapies that target HER2 receptors; and
WHEREAS, about 10 to 20 percent of breast cancers are found to be triple-negative; and
WHEREAS, triple-negative breast cancer is more likely to spread and reoccur between the first and third year after diagnosis and treatment; and
WHEREAS, triple-negative breast cancer most commonly occurs before the ages of 40 and 50, and is more likely to occur in African American women, Hispanic women, and women with BRCA1 mutations; and
WHEREAS, Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day serves as an opportunity to increase awareness of the disease and to encourage individuals to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages; and
WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by triple-negative breast cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of this type of breast cancer continues to be vigorously supported;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 3, 2018, as TRIPLE-NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.