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 and in 2011, 21,990 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer with 15,460 women losing their battle to this disease; 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 Increased awareness of the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer will enhance chances of early detection and thereby survival from the disease; 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 2012 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 twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts