State of Nevada - A Proclamation by the Governor

 

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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim March 22, 2017

LYNCH SYNDROME HEREDITARY CANCER AWARENESS DAY

 

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