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

Whereas Lynch syndrome is a hereditary condition causing a far greater risk of developing colorectal, prostate, bladder, endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, skin, brain and various other types of cancers, occurring often at a young age; and

Whereas Of the estimated 165,000 people in Massachusetts and 600,000 people in the United States who have Lynch syndrome, greater than 95% are currently undiagnosed; and

Whereas According to national evidence-based recommendations, every colorectal cancer should be pathologically screened for Lynch syndrome characteristics to prompt genetic counseling and testing; and

Whereas Knowing one's family medical history of cancers is essential towards survival, as it may prompt genetic counseling, testing and earlier screening; and

Whereas Increased education, diagnosis and screening measures is critical to increase awareness of this disease which usually goes under-recognized or misdiagnosed,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 22nd, 2012  to be

Lynch Syndrome 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 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