Jun 20, 2017 9:00 AM

letter from governor herbert

Governor Gary R. Herbert declared the week of June 19–24, 2017, as Cure Cancer Week in Utah. The proclamation comes during the week Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah dedicates its major research expansion, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center. This new building doubles HCI’s research capacity, accelerating progress toward a cure for the second leading cause of death worldwide.

Gov. Herbert’s declaration states, “A cancer diagnosis not only impacts the health of one’s body but the composition of our community…We, as a community, are obliged to unify in the face of this great tribulation, and challenge one of the world’s most formidable maladies.” It goes on to list the impacts cancer has on the population:

  • Cancer is the leading disease killer of children.
  • One in two men and one in three women will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.
  • Each year, cancer claims the lives of more than 7 million individuals worldwide, with more than half of those individuals considered premature deaths (younger than 69 years of age).

“Medical professionals, institutions, patients, and families are to be commended for their immeasurable courage, devotion, and achievements,” the declaration says. “We applaud Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the Jon M. Huntsman family, for offering Utahns new, more effective cancer treatment, and for providing a remarkable selfless service to our community…Utahns should contribute to this cause and be resolute in their belief that cancer started a war it cannot finish.”

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