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WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among men and women combined; and

WHEREAS, in Nevada, the colorectal cancer incidence rate is 35.6 per 100,000 individuals and the age adjusted mortality rate for colorectal cancer is 15.2 deaths per 100,000 individuals; and

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented with timely screening. Currently, only 66% of eligible Americans are up to date on their colorectal cancer screening; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that by 2030, colorectal cancer will be the number one cancer killer for those ages 20-49; and

WHEREAS, Black Americans are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about 40% more likely to die from the disease than other groups; and

WHEREAS, colorectal cancer is expected to account for 11% of cancer deaths among Hispanic men and 9% of cancer deaths for Hispanic women; and

WHEREAS, the National Cancer Institute estimates that there could be as many as 4,500 additional colorectal cancer deaths because of the drop in screening due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is to increase timely colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% for every eligible American; and

WHEREAS, during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Nevada, we encourage all Nevadans to increase their knowledge about prevention, the importance of early detection and screening, and treatments available to treat colorectal cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of March 2022, as

COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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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 22nd day of February, 2022

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