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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Effective Date: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

WHEREAS, the well-being of Alaskans is of utmost importance for the State of Alaska, and is enhanced through increased awareness of threats to personal health; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that 43,920 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012, and that 37,390 will die from the disease. Out of that number, approximately 60 people will be Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, the earliest possible detection of pancreatic cancer is important for ensuring the best prognosis. Alaskans should be aware of their family’s health history, and discuss early screening options with medical providers if they have any genetic or hereditary risk for developing pancreatic cancer; and

WHEREAS, although it is difficult to obtain an early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, we are encouraged by efforts to improve methods of early detection. The hard work and ingenuity of scientists provides greater hope for those who will be impacted by pancreatic cancer; and

WHEREAS, we will continue in our commitment to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, better early detection methods, and effective treatments for those affected by it through public policy, research funding, patient services, and public education and awareness.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim November 2012 as:

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to discuss their risk for developing pancreatic cancer with a medical provider, assist in raising awareness about this devastating disease, and support those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Dated: November 2, 2012

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