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Cancer

11 November 2010

90% of NET cancer misdiagnosed

The incidence of neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) is on the rise. While they are usually slow growing cancers, they are serious and hard to detect - 90% of cases are misdiagnosed.

The World NET Community has held its first Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day on 10 November 2010, to raise awareness about cancers called neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) and the need for timely detection and diagnosis.

Neuroendocrine tumours (NETS) are cancers of the interface between the endocrine (hormonal) system and the nervous system. They are slow-growing tumours that occur mostly in the gastrointestinal system and lungs but which can also develop in other parts of the body such as the pancreas and rectum.

 

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