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PUBLIC LAW 94-000—MMMM. DD, 1976

90 STAT. 3086 42 USC 286a note.

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PROCLAMATION 4425—APR. 2, 1976

Through the Program, established by the National Cancer Act of 1971, and given new vitality by the amendments of 1974, we are continuing to explore the causes and eventual control of cancer. Cancers are being detected earlier, making them more amenable to diagnosis and treatment. Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are making further inroads on cancer and immunotherapy shows bright promise of joining them as a means of treatment. Research findings on the disease are now reaching the practicing physician faster than ever before. Although we can take pride in these accomplishments, current cancer statistics remind us that we cannot be apathetic. It is estimated that 675,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in our country in 1976. That means about 370,000 people will die of the disease. Only through relentless, aggressive support of cancer research and control can we eventually reduce these figures to an absolute minimum. In order to give continuing emphasis to the cancer problem, the Congress, by a joint resolution of March 28, 1938 (52 Stat. 148, 36 U.S.C. 150), requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the month of April as Cancer Control Month. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GERALD R. FOR D, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of April, 1976, as Cancer Control Month, and I invite the Governors of the several States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, and the appropriate officials of all other areas under the United States flag to issue similar proclamations. I also ask the medical and health professions, the communications media, and all other interested persons and groups to unite during this appointed time in public reaffirmation of our Nation's abiding commitment to cancer control. I N W I T N E S S WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred seventy-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundredth. GERALD R.

Proclamation 4425

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April 2, 1976

National Rural Health Week, 1976 By the President of the United States of America s-\--i.*¥:

A Proclamation

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There is a serious and growing disparity between the health of the 56 million Americans who live in rural America and that of the general population. Physician and dentist shortages are more acute in rural America, emergency medical services are less available, occupational injury and accident rates are far higher and comprehensive health and public health services are less available. For far too long rural health problems have been ignored. Rural health care was lost sight of in the general breakdown of all rural services resulting from the great