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


Whereas Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and rates are increasing by 1.5 percent per year; and

Whereas The incidence of pancreatic cancer is approximately 50 percent higher in African Americans than in other ethnic groups; and

Whereas According to the American Cancer Society, about 45,220 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013; and

Whereas Pancreatic cancer was the cause of approximately 910 deaths in Massachusetts in 2012; and

Whereas Statistics show that 74 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis while 94 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first five years; and

Whereas Through public awareness the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to provide an opportunity for all people to learn more about the causes and warning signs of this disease, in order for it to be detected early and treated effectively,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 2013, to be,


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 fifteenth day of October, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts