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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
WhereasEsophageal Cancer is the fastest growing form of Cancer, with a 400 percent increase in diagnoses over the last 20 years; and
WhereasEsophageal 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
WhereasEsophageal 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
WhereasThrough 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 2013, 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 tenth day of April, 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