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WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome, formerly known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, is a hereditary condition that causes greater risk of developing colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, stomach, hepatobiliary tract, urinary tract, skin and brain cancer; and

WHEREAS, Lynch syndrome creates a hereditary predisposition and a higher potential for early-onset of a litany of cancers; and

WHEREAS, geneticists have projected that up to 1 million people throughout the U.S. live with Lynch syndrome, estimating that one in every 279 people have Lynch syndrome, and studies show that only 5 to 10 percent have been diagnosed which leaves many vulnerable to develop cancer according to Lynch Syndrome International; and

WHEREAS, a positive genetic test will determine if these cancers are hereditary or familial, qualifying affected individuals for regular cancer screening tests so that growths, polyps and tumors may be detected early and treated or removed before becoming life threatening; and

WHEREAS, having knowledge of a Lynch syndrome diagnosis can increase cancer prevention through regular screening measures, and lead to earlier cancer detection and treatment; and

WHEREAS, Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day is an opportunity to join together to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome and encourage all residents to learn more about this hereditary condition, to collect their family history information, and to share this pertinent information with their healthcare provider;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  March 22, 2018 as

 Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Wayne Thorley