Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Lynch syndrome is a hereditary condition causing a far greater risk of developing colorectal, prostate, bladder, endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, skin, brain and various other types of cancers, occurring often at a young age; and
Whereas Of the estimated 165,000 people in Massachusetts and 600,000 people in the United States who have Lynch syndrome, greater than 95% are currently undiagnosed; and
Whereas According to national evidence-based recommendations, every colorectal cancer should be pathologically screened for Lynch syndrome characteristics to prompt genetic counseling and testing; and
Whereas Knowing one's family medical history of cancers is essential towards survival, as it may prompt genetic counseling, testing and earlier screening; and
Whereas Increased education, diagnosis and screening measures is critical to increase awareness of this disease which usually goes under-recognized or misdiagnosed,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 22, 2013 to be
LYNCH SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY
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 twelfth day in March, in the year thousand and thirteen, 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