CNMI Oral Cancer Awareness

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August 2014

WHEREAS, one of the leading causes of Oral Cancer in the CNMI is chewing betel nut with tobacco and other additives; and

WHEREAS, each year in the U.S. alone, approximately 42,000 individuals are newly diagnosed with Oral Cancer, the majority of which are diagnosed as late stage cancers, which accounts for the very high death rate; and

WHEREAS, the good news is that a dentist or doctor can see or feel precancerous tissues changes or an early cancer, finding it at the most curable stages; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth Cancer Association (CCA) in partnership with the Seventhday Adventist Clinic, the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation (CHCC)-Division of Public Health Service, CHCC Dental Clinic, Dental Care Clinic, New Wave Clinic, Smile Marianas Clinic, and Tooth Works Clinic are offering free oral cancer screening for all ages; and

WHEREAS, the early detection of oral cancer and prevention of the disease through regular oral cancer screenings and increased awareness through early detection practices can save lives; and

WHEREAS, all of the dental clinics in the CNriU are working together to save lives by providing free oral cancer screening, we encourage everyone in the CNMI to take advantage of the free screenings and to educate yourself and your loved ones about oral cancer.

NOW THEREFORE, I, ELOY S. INOS, Governor of the Commonwealth ofthe Northern Mariana Islands, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth do hereby proclaim today and everyday forward as



I commend and urge this observance to all of our citizens, so that together we will fight oral cancer, and save a life every day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand on this 15th day of August, 2014.


Eloy S. Inos