Worldwide NET Cancer awareness day held

Worldwide NET Cancer awareness day held

Well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas.

Worldwide NET Cancer awareness day. Photo shows a cross-section of a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas.

The very first worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day was held on November 10th. It was to help raise awareness of Neuroendocrine Tumors or NETS cancers.

More than 90 percent of patients with NET tumors are misdiagnosed and are treated for the wrong disease. Yet the time for early detection and diagnosis is critical in beating the cancer.

Patients on average are misdiagnosed and mistreated for an average of five to seven years. Then, by the time the patient is finally diagnosed correctly, the cancerous disease has spread or metastasized.

The World NET Community was formed in March this year in Berlin, Germany. It is a network of cancer organizations from around the globe, and an international community of patient advocacy groups that work together to raise awareness about NET cancers.

Their website, www.netcancerday.org, features a proclamation that visitors can digitally sign to show support for the NET cause and for their loved ones who are affected by the cancer. The NET Cancer proclamation is now in seven languages to broaden the message of the campaign.

The web site will also show other organizations how they can join the cause. It teaches about NET tumors, and provides campaign news and a calendar showing what events are being planned for the Cancer Awareness Day.

Image by euthman via Flickr

Authored by: Richard Lee

Richard has been traveling since he took a year off from college, where he was doing a BA in Journalism. He traveled half the world, backpacking with his girlfriend (now his wife). They spent time in South America, Asia, Greece and much of Europe. After writing about his experiences for several airline and travel magazines, he never went back to college.