Governor Snyder has signed a state proclamation that makes the first week of December "Cancer Screen Week."
This proclamation calls on all Michiganders to take a pledge to get screened for cancer. The first “Cancer Screen Week” will take place Dec. 4-8, 2017.
Genentech, American Cancer Society, Stand Up To Cancer and Rally Health have launched a this new public health initiative called “Cancer Screen Week” to urge everyone to join together to make a difference in the fight against cancer by pledging to get their recommended cancer screenings. According to the ACS, screening significantly increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be treated successfully.
There were an estimated 57,600 new cancer cases this year in Michigan. However, the overall cancer death rate in the U.S. has dropped by 25 percent over the past 20 years. This is due to improvements in cancer screening and earlier detection of cancer.
Governors from 12 states including Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Iowa, New York, Minnesota, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and Michigan have signed this proclamation.