Lake County, IL
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File #: 22-1215    Version: 1 Name: Special recognition promoting September 25- October 1, 2022, as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week.
Type: Special Recognition Status: Completed
File created: 8/24/2022 In control: Lake County Board
On agenda: Final action: 9/13/2022
Title: Special recognition promoting September 25, 2022 to October 1, 2022, as National Hereditary Cancer Week.
Special recognition promoting September 25, 2022 to October 1, 2022, as National Hereditary Cancer Week.


WHEREAS, it is believed about 5 to 10 percent of cancers are hereditary and hereditary genetics can show a predisposition for various cancers, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer; and

WHEREAS, women with the BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 mutations have a 65 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 60 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime; and

WHEREAS, the single greatest ovarian cancer risk factor is a family history of the disease; and

WHEREAS, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, age 35 to 54; and

WHEREAS, as many as 90% of those with a genetic mutation that predisposes them to cancer are unaware, leaving millions of people at risk; and

WHEREAS, hereditary cancers are often more aggressive than other cancers, and occur at a younger age, when people are less likely to undergo cancer screening; and

WHEREAS, individuals with a hereditary risk for cancer require different cancer screening and risk management recommendations than the general population; and

WHEREAS, African Americans and Hispanic Americans are less likely to have access to hereditary cancer information, counseling and appropriate healthcare; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Cancer Institute, the features of a person's personal or family medical history that may suggest a hereditary cancer syndrome include: Cancer was diagnosed at an unusually young age, family members with breast or ovarian cancer, family members with colon cancer and endometrial cancer, or being a member of a racial or ethnic group that is known to have an increased risk of having a certain inherited cancer susceptibility syndrome, such as those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent; and

WHEREAS, raising awareness of hereditary cancer and knowledge of a genetic predisposition can directly lead to preventive strategies that can reduc...

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