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

Whereas Esophageal Cancer is the fastest growing form of Cancer, with a 400 percent increase in diagnoses over the last 20 years; and

Whereas Esophageal Cancer in the United States is most often caused by persistent heartburn or gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), yet many who are at risk are unaware of the potential danger GERD can present when it occurs over several weeks or months; and

Whereas Esophageal Cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, with only one-in-five surviving because many cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage; and

Whereas Esophageal Cancer can be prevented through treatment of GERD and frequent check-ups; and

Whereas Esophageal Cancer that is detected early has a 98 percent survival rate; 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 April, 2014, to be,

ESOPHAGEAL 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 fourteenth day of March, 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