M. Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut, has named November 10 as Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day. She is the fourth United States Governor to participate in the global campaign to raise awareness about carcinoid and neuroendocrine cancers and the need for timely detection and diagnosis. More than 90% of all NET patients are incorrectly diagnosed and initially treated for the wrong disease. Misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses mean that NET patients are treated on average five to seven years for the wrong disease; often the correct diagnosis is not made until the disease has spread (metastasized).
To reach and mobilize a global audience, the campaign organizers have created an interactive website (www.netcancerday.org) that features a proclamation that visitors are encouraged to digitally sign to show their support for the cause and the people they love. Signatories can then see their location included on a global map. The site also includes information about neuroendocrine tumors, campaign news and photos and a calendar highlighting events planned across the globe on or around November 10, 2010.
More than 2,400 people from all over the world have digitally signed the Proclamation. Events are being planned on and around November 10th on four continents. Please visit www.netcancerday.org for more information and to see a complete list of events. The World NET Community thanks Governor Rell for her support of the 1st Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day.