NATIONAL CANCER CONTROL MONTH, 2010
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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
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.