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

Whereas Colorectal cancer can affect both the colon and the rectum of the large intestine and is known more commonly as colon cancer; and

Whereas Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in Massachusetts; and

Whereas There are currently more than one million colon cancer survivors in the U.S.; and

Whereas 39% of colorectal cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage with a survival rate of over five years of 90%; and

Whereas Early screening processes are available, yet are underutilized by 22 million unscreened individuals nationwide; 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 March, 2014, 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 sixth day of February, in the year two thousand and fourteen, 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