(BPT) - Intermittent abdominal pain, flushing and diarrhea are commonly associated with a number of medical conditions. Yet for some Americans these symptoms could actually be the sign of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors (NET). Given the wide range of symptoms of NET cancers, it is important to raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed disease.
To address this need, a global network of patient advocacy groups joined together in 2010 to create Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day (WNCAD). Each year on November 10, WNCAD is celebrated worldwide to increase understanding of the disease, highlight inroads made in patient care and honor those affected by NET. On average it takes 5-7 years after symptoms occur to diagnose NET, which means the cancer has often already spread to other parts of the body by the time it is diagnosed.
"Early detection of NET is crucial to help improve patient prognosis and outcomes," said Grace Goldstein, President, International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance (INCA) and Chief Operating Officer, Carcinoid Cancer Foundation. "Annual awareness days like WNCAD are essential to elevating the status of the disease so people know what to look for and what questions to ask their doctor."
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