WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome, a part of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, is a hereditary condition that causes greater risk of developing colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, stomach, urinary tract and other types of cancer; and
WHEREAS, Lynch Syndrome creates a hereditary predisposition, a high lifetime risk and often an early onset age; and
WHEREAS, doctors estimate 3 out of every 100 colorectal cancers are caused by Lynch syndrome, and in most cases the patients do not know they have Lynch syndrome; and
WHEREAS, every person should know their family history and share it with their physician to determine if their family may be at high risk for hereditary cancers; and
WHEREAS, every newly diagnosed colorectal cancer and endometrial cancer should be screened for Lynch syndrome characteristics to prompt risk assessment and genetic testing; and
WHEREAS, a positive genetic test will determine if these cancers are hereditary or familiar, qualify affected individuals for regular cancer screening tests and growths, polyps and tumors may be detected early and treated or removed before becoming life threatening; and
WHEREAS, on this day we join together to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome in Nevada and encourage all residents to learn more about this hereditary condition, to collect their family history information, and to share it with their healthcare provider to assess individual risk and take steps toward prevention and detection;
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 21st day of February.