Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Ovarian cancer is a serious threat to women’s health in Massachusetts and across the nation; and

Whereas According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of fatal cancer in the United States. In 2010, 21,880 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer; and

Whereas Unfortunately, women who suffer from this cancer are not diagnosed until it has become more advanced. Currently there is no screening test and symptoms may be easily confused with other diseases; and

Whereas Ovarian cancer research will continue to help develop reliable diagnostics, better therapies, and prevention strategies to prevent this disease; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the devastating effects of ovarian cancer among all Massachusetts citizens,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 2011 to be,

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, twenty-ninth day of August, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts