Resolution J3808-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 22, 2014, as Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day in the State of New York

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  • Mar 6, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 6, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 22, 2014, as Lynch Syndrome Hereditary  Cancer  Awareness
Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days  that are set aside to increase awareness of serious illnesses that
affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  to  proclaim  March  22,  2014,  as  Lynch
Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Lynch syndrome, a part of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal
cancer (HNPCC), is a hereditary condition that causes  greater  risk  of
developing  colorectal, endometrial, urinary tract, ovarian, pancreatic,
and other types of cancers; and
  WHEREAS, Geneticists estimate that approximately 19,000 individuals in
New York and over 800,000 persons throughout the United  States,  alone,
have Lynch syndrome, including one in every 440 persons and studies show
that  only 5 percent of those with a family or personal history of colon
cancer have been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome; and
  WHEREAS, Every person should know their family history  and  share  it
with  their  physician  to determine if their family may be at high risk
for hereditary cancers and every newly diagnosed colorectal  cancer  and
endometrial cancer should be screened for Lynch syndrome characteristics
to prompt risk assessment and further testing; and
  WHEREAS,  Having  knowledge of a Lynch syndrome diagnosis can increase
cancer prevention through regular screening measures, and lead to earli-
er cancer detection and treatment; and
  WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater  public  awareness  of
this serious health issue, and more must be done to increase activity at
the local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to  proclaim  March  22,  2014,  as
Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day in the State of New York;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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