November 10, 2021: NET Cancer Awareness Day

WHEREAS, neuroendocrine tumors/tumours (NETs) are considered malignant no matter how slow or fast they grow, and if left untreated can result in serious illness and death; 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, equitable access to innovative technologies and medicines in NETs is a major global challenge and 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, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 10, 2021, as NET Cancer Awareness Day and encourage patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, as well as the wider community to join with us as we work together to raise awareness about NET cancers and the need for timely diagnosis and access to optimal treatment and care.