WHEREAS, the well-being of Alaskans is of the utmost importance, and is greatly enhanced through increased awareness of threats to personal health; and
WHEREAS, cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, while in Alaska, cancer has been the leading cause of death since 1993. More than 2,000 Alaskans are diagnosed with multiple forms of cancer every year. The annual cost to treat cancer in Alaska exceeds $200 million; and
WHEREAS, there are many types of cancer, and some are more well-known to the public than others. Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, and Colorectal Cancer are the four most common occurrences; and
WHEREAS, because cancer has many forms, including cervical cancer, stomach cancer, melanoma, colon cancer, lymphoma, and Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), the earliest possible detection of any form of cancer is important for ensuring the best prognosis; and
WHEREAS, 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 cancer; and
WHEREAS, although the fight against cancer has become increasingly difficult, we are encouraged by the search for more effective treatments in conjunction with efforts to improve early detection methods through advancements in public policy, research funding, patient services, public education, and general awareness; and
WHEREAS, the hard work and ingenuity of scientists provides greater hope for those who are, and may be, impacted by cancer.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim February 4, 2023 as:
Cancer Awareness Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to become educated about the risks of developing cancer, assist in raising awareness about this devastating disease, and support those affected.
Dated: February 4, 2023