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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Did you know that Today is World Kidney Day in Michigan?

Here is Governor Rick Snyder's proclamation:

WHEREAS, more than 900,000 Michigan citizens over the age of 20 have chronic kidney disease, and an even greater number are at risk for developing the disease; and,
WHEREAS, healthy kidneys are essential for regulating our bodies by removing fluids, waste, and toxins; kidneys release hormones that help regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells and strengthen our bones; and,
WHEREAS, the precise cause of kidney cancer is unknown, however the two main causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure; diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for more than 70 percent of all kidney failure cases, showing that kidney failure and disease can often be delayed or prevented; and,
WHEREAS, advances in diagnosis and procedures such as radiation and chemotherapy create opportunity for kidney cancer patients to live longer; more than 200,000 kidney cancer survivors live in the United States today; and,
WHEREAS, during Kidney Cancer Awareness Month and on World Kidney Day, I ask the citizens of Michigan to raise awareness and I encourage regular screenings of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for chronic kidney disease-if detected early, treatment is likely more effective;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as Kidney Cancer Awareness Month and Thursday, March 14, 2013 as World Kidney Day in Michigan.
We applaude Governor Snyder's proclamation and invite you to use our searches below to seek screening for kidney cancer.
To find nephrologists (a doctor who specializes in the kidney) near you, click here
To find oncologists near you, click here.
To find a dialysis center near you, click here.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this post! I hope that more people who are at risk for kidney disease will be reached this year, so that they may be able to save their kidneys before it is too late. However, in the interest of public health, I also wanted to give a shout out in support of National Kidney Month 2013. As you know, health care experts have noticed a steady increase in the number of people who are developing chronic kidney disease over the last two decades. So in honor of National Kidney Month this year, I have put together this brand new infographic for kidney disease awareness.

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    1. Yea, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing the infographic on National Kidney Month. I was actually quite shocked by how many more people are now diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. I do believe that this increase in the incidence of CKD has been seen around the world too. Definitely something to consider when raising awareness for kidney cancer and other related medical conditions.

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  2. Thanks Steve. Be sure to add your clinical research center to our website. Registration is free and allows you to add quite a bit of information. Go to our home page and click on Register Your Location.

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  3. Studies have shown that the number of people developing kidney disease has been on the rise over the last twenty years (and that is on a global scale if I am not mistaken....). Additionally, it seems that kidney disease increases the risk of developing kidney cancer, so this is a really serious issue, especially since not many people ever think about their kidney health. By the way, I really liked the infographic that Steve was willing to share, because that is the type of thing we certainly need more of!

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