Contact: Dawn Marie Peterson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7:30 A.M. CST, October 11, 2014
GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON PROCLAIMS NOVEMBER 10, 2014 AS NET CANCER DAY
MINNEAPOLIS, MN OCTOBER 11, 2014: Northwoods NETS is honored to announce that Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation naming Sunday, November 10, 2013 as NET Cancer Day for the third 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 and Wendy’s restaurateur Dave Thomas in 2002. 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 learning more about neuroendocrine cancers, Northwoods NETS invites you to attend our November 9th meeting at Fairview Ridges hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. There you will meet patients, caregivers, who live day to day with neuroendocrine cancers.