WHEREAS, neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) often develop into cancer and, if left untreated, can result in serious illness and death; and
WHEREAS, all too often healthcare professionals underestimate the malignant and metastatic potential of neuroendocrine tumors; and
WHEREAS, NET cancer patients are often misdiagnosed or receive a delayed diagnosis, which can have a negative impact on their chance of survival and quality of life; and
WHEREAS, survival for NET cancer patients is further compromised by fragmented care and lack of access to treatment by networks of specialists; and
WHEREAS, 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; and
WHEREAS, with timely diagnosis and proper treatment, NET cancer patients can have significantly improved outcomes and quality of life;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 10, 2014 as NET Cancer Awareness Day in Michigan.