Thursday, November 10, 2011: NET and NET Cancer Awareness DayWHEREAS, abnormal masses of tissue that arise from cells of the endocrine (hormonal) and nervous systems are known as neuroendocrine tumors (NET), and while some of these tumors are benign, NETs may develop into cancer; and,
WHEREAS, the majority of NETs occur in the gastro-intestinal tract, but also are found in the lungs and other areas of the body; symptoms of NETs vary depending on the location of the tumor, but may include abdominal pain and digestive complications; and,
WHEREAS, NETs tend to grow slowly for many years and, typically, symptoms do not show until the tumor has spread as the average time between tumor development and diagnosis is five to 10 years; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we raise awareness of NETs and NET cancer in Michigan and we encourage citizens throughout the state to learn more about NETs and NET cancer to encourage timely diagnosis and optimal treatment and care;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 10, 2011 as NET and NET Cancer Awareness Day in Michigan.