|Contact: Dawn Marie Peterson
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1:15 P.M. CST, October 28, 2013
Governor Mark Dayton proclaims November 10, 2013 as Net Cancer Awareness Day
MINNEAPOLIS, MN OCTOBER 28, 2013: Northwoods NETS is honored to announce that Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation naming Sunday, November 10, 2013 as NET Cancer Awareness Day for the second year in a row. Worldwide, November 10th is recognized by patients, medical professionals and advocacy groups to raise awareness for this rare, complex and frequently misdiagnosed form of cancer. It was pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer that claimed the life of entrepreneur Steve Jobs in 2011. There are 125,000 neuroendocrine cancer patients in the U.S. alone, with 11,000 cases diagnosed yearly.
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETS) often develop into cancer and, if left untreated, can result in serious illness and death. Healthcare professionals often underestimate the malignant and metastatic potential of neuroendocrine tumors and NET cancer patients are frequently misdiagnosed or receive a delay of diagnosis, which can have a negative impact on their chance of survival and quality of life. Survival for NET cancer patients is further compromised by fragmented care and lack of access to treatment by networks of specialists and although there have been advances in the detection and treatment of NET cancers, not all patients are benefiting quickly enough from scientific and medical progress in the field. With timely diagnosis and proper treatment, NET cancer patients have significantly improved outcomes and quality of life.
Northwoods NETS is a patient support and advocacy group for those living with neuroendocrine tumor cancers including Carcinoid, Islet Cell, and MEN-1. While based in the Twin Cities, Northwoods NETS provides support, information, and awareness for patients and caregivers all over Minnesota, North and South Dakota and western Wisconsin.
Learn more about Northwoods NETS at: http://www.northwoodsnets.org
Learn more about Neuroendocrine Cancers: http://www.carcinoid.org
Learn more NET Cancer Awareness Day at: http://www.netcancerday.org
If you are interested in interviewing patients and caregivers living with neuroendocrine cancers, feel free to contact Northwoods NETS.