APRIL IS NATIONAL CANCER CONTROL MONTH, 2010 – PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION

NATIONAL CANCER CONTROL MONTH, 2010

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Cancer is among the leading causes of death in our country,

taking over half a million American lives in the past year

alone. This illness has stricken countless individuals and

families in communities across our Nation, but the future holds

untold promise. We continue to make monumental strides in

managing and understanding cancer, and rates of new cases and

deaths have declined for men and women overall in recent years.

During National Cancer Control Month, let us renew our

commitment to combat this disease by raising awareness and

supporting the development of life-saving treatments.

With simple, everyday activities, we all can take steps

to protect ourselves and our loved ones from cancer. Americans

should discuss preventive care with a health professional.

Getting regular check-ups and screenings can help reduce the

risk of developing certain cancers and help detect cancer early,

when it is most treatable. Changing unhealthy habits can often

help prevent cancer before it forms. By limiting sun exposure

and alcohol consumption, avoiding tobacco, exercising regularly,

and maintaining a nutritious diet, we can each reduce our risk

of developing cancer. I encourage all who are struggling

to quit smoking to visit SmokeFree.gov for resources and

information.

My Administration is committed to supporting every American

who is fighting cancer, and we have invested in innovative

research through the National Institutes of Health to develop

more effective treatments. While cancer affects people of every

background and economic status, disparities exist between races,

ethnicities, and incomes regarding the likelihood of survival.

Community cancer centers will play an important role in closing

these gaps and bringing hope to underserved citizens.

Like too many Americans, I know the pain of losing a loved

one to cancer, and I carry the memory of my mother’s courage

with me each day. Inspired by the stories and tenacity of

patients and survivors, and guided by our love for those we have

lost, we will one day triumph over this devastating illness.

The Congress of the United States, by joint resolution

approved March 28, 1938 (52 Stat. 148; 36 U.S.C. 103), as

amended, has requested the President to issue an annual

proclamation declaring April as “Cancer Control Month.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the

United States of America, do hereby proclaim April 2010 as

National Cancer Control Month. I call upon citizens, government

agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research

institutions to raise cancer awareness and continue helping

Americans live longer, healthier lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten,

and of the Independence of the United States of America the

two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

Lover, Fighter, Friend, Journalist, and Activist.

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One comment on “APRIL IS NATIONAL CANCER CONTROL MONTH, 2010 – PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION
  1. Lakia says:

    I had no idea it was National Cancer control month… I have a grandfather who is a survivor🙂

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