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Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 2013 as Thyroid Health Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim January 2013 as Thyroid Health Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months that are set aside to increase awareness of issues that affect
the lives of citizens of New York State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 2013 as Thyroid
Health Month in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Thyroid Cancer and Thyroid Disease affect thousands of indi-
viduals each year; and
WHEREAS, About 56,460 new cases of Thyroid Cancer appear each year;
43,210 appear in women, and 13,250 in men; nearly 2 out of 3 cases are
found in patients under the age of 55; and
WHEREAS, About 1,780 deaths from Thyroid Cancer occur each year in the
United States alone; and
WHEREAS, Often, Thyroid Cancer appears as a small lump or swelling on
the front of the neck, called nodules; other symptoms of Thyroid Cancer
can include hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, an enlarged neck node or
a persistent cough; and
WHEREAS, Of the four types of Thyroid Cancer (papillary, follicular,
medullary and anaplastic), papillary carcinoma is the most common type;
it usually grows slowly and is often curable; other, less common types
of Thyroid Cancer are more aggressive and can be fatal; and
WHEREAS, Thyroid Disease occurs when the thyroid gland doesn't produce
the right amount of hormones needed by the body for regulation of meta-
bolism and other functions; and
WHEREAS, Depending on the severity, Thyroid Disease could be self-lim-
ited, treated with long term medication, or surgery; and
WHEREAS, Women are five to eight times more likely to develop Thyroid
Disease than men; and
WHEREAS, Persons who are predisposed to Thyroid Disease include those
with a personal or family history, current or former smokers, and those
with iodine deficiencies; and
WHEREAS, It is estimated that 27 million Americans have Thyroid
Disease, but more than half remain undiagnosed; and
WHEREAS, If untreated it can cause elevated cholesterol levels and
subsequent heart disease, infertility, muscle weakness, osteoporosis,
and in extreme cases coma or death; and
WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this health issue, and more must be done to increase activity at the
local, state and national levels to improve health and healthcare
outcomes for those affected by Thyroid Cancer and Disease; now, there-
fore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim January 2013 as Thyroid
Health Month in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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  • 11 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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Resolutions, Legislative

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