By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, every eight minutes, one woman in the U.S. loses her battle with lung cancer; and
WHEREAS, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in women and men in the United States; and
WHEREAS, there was an estimated 4,150 new cases of lung and bronchus cancer and approximately 3,280 deaths from lung and bronchus cancer in Alabama in 2015; and
WHEREAS, the age-adjusted lung cancer death rate in Alabama is 59.0 per 100,000, which is significantly higher than the U.S. rate of 48.6 per 100,000; and
WHEREAS, the age-adjusted lung cancer death rate for women in Alabama is 40.5 per 100,000, which is higher than the U.S. rate among women of 38.5 per 100,000; and
WHEREAS, advocacy and increased awareness will result in screening and early detection for people with lung cancer which will ultimately save lives; and
WHEREAS, public support for research funding will result in better treatment and early detection methods that will ultimately save lives; and
WHEREAS, LUNG FORCE is a national initiative led by the American Lung Association, to fight against lung cancer:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the week of May 8th through May 12th, 2017, as
Women’s Lung Health Week
in the State of Alabama.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 1st day of May 2017.
Provided by the Office of the Governor of Alabama | governor.alabama.gov