Clark County Commissioners and representatives from Lynch Syndrome International turned the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign blue today for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Lynch Syndrome is a hereditary disorder that dramatically increases an individual's chances of developing colorectal cancer and other aggressive cancers.
"More than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year," Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. "As with other cancers, the key to winning the fight against colorectal cancer is early detection."
"The benefits of early detection cannot be overstated," Commission Vice Chairman Lawrence Weekly said. "More than 90 percent of those who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer during its early stages survive."
"It is also important to learn about your family's medical history to see if you are at a higher risk for colorectal and other cancers," Commissioner Michael Naft said. "In many cases cancer can be beaten, and it all starts with knowledge, prevention and early detection."
An estimated 3 out of every 100 colon cancers are caused by Lynch Syndrome, an inherited condition that increases a person's risk of colon cancer by as much as 82 percent, and increases a person's risk of other cancers too. More than 1 million Americans are believed to have Lynch Syndrome. People are encouraged to know their family history and share it with their physician to determine if their family may be at high risk for hereditary cancers associated with Lynch Syndrome. Knowing about Lynch Syndrome can promote additional cancer prevention and screening measures, and lead to earlier cancer detection and treatment. County Commissioners and representatives from Lynch Syndrome International turned on blue light bulbs installed on the world-famous Welcome sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign today. The light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is in unincorporated Clark County.