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.
"Like other cancers, the key to fighting colorectal cancer is early detection," Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said. "The 5-year survival rate for individuals diagnosed with colorectal cancer is about 65 percent. But, that survival rate is over 90 percent for those fortunate enough to catch this cancer during its early stages."
In the United States, more than 130,000 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year. 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.