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

Whereas Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women combined in the United States; and  

Whereas The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, approximately 143,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States; and

Whereas Less than fifty percent of individuals above the age of 50 receive annual screenings that can detect polyps that lead to this type of cancer; and

Whereas Adopting a healthy diet at a young age can significantly reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth seeks to minimize the devastating effects of colorectal cancer among all residents,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March  2012,  to be

Colorectal 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, this ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, 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