Whereas Inflammatory Breast Cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer, constituting one to five percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States; and

Whereas The five year survival rate for people with Inflammatory Breast Cancer is between 25 and 50 percent, significantly lower than other forms breast cancer; and

Whereas Screening rates are declining and a recent study revealed that among the 1.5 million women studied over the age of 40 with health insurance, less than fifty percent received the recommended annual screening; and

Whereas Younger women and women of African American descent are disproportionally affected by Inflammatory Breast Cancer; and

Whereas Various local and national organizations have helped men and women in communities throughout the Commonwealth recognize the importance of early detection and annual mammograms through outreach, education, and screening programs; and

Whereas The 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today are a testament to courage, as well as to the importance of promoting awareness about breast cancer, providing information, funding research, following recommended screening guidelines, and offering treatment to those who are affected; and

Whereas Throughout the month of October, women are encouraged to make a renewed commitment to following recommended screening guidelines and to make a mammogram appointment,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 18, 2011 to be,

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Day

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, this seventh day of October, 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