NET Cancer Day 2023

This annual event, organised by INCA on the 10th of November, was created to increase awareness of Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs).

NETs are easily missed. Help us change this.

The incidence of neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) is increasing, and awareness of the symptoms is crucial for early diagnosis and, ultimately, better outcomes.

Despite being more common than brain, ovarian, or cervical cancer, it is frequently overlooked. We seek your assistance in altering these statistics.

What are NETs?

Neuroendocrine cancer encompasses a range of cancers that originate in neuroendocrine cells, with two main types:

  1. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs)
  2. Neuroendocrine carcinomas (NECs)

Individuals with neuroendocrine tumors are often misdiagnosed with more prevalent conditions like:

  • Anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes

Symptoms of neuroendocrine tumors vary depending on the location of the cancer.

Common, persistent symptoms may include:

  • Skin and facial flushing
  • Digestive issues
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath, cough, chest pain
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Profuse sweating without an apparent cause
  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)

Interested in learning more about NETs? Visit the #NETInfo multilingual library and access factsheets on neuroendocrine cancer available in 10 languages.

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