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WHEREAS, neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) often develop into cancer, and when left untreated, can result in serious illness and death; and
WHEREAS, NET is most commonly found in the lung and digestive system, but can move into other parts of the body; and
WHEREAS, the malignant and metastatic potential of NETs are often underestimated, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis that have a negative impact on NET cancer patients and their chances of survival and quality of life; and
WHEREAS, survival for NET cancer patients is further compromised by fragmented care and lack of access to treatment by networks of specialists; and
WHEREAS, although there have been advances in the detection and treatment of NET cancers, not all patients are benefiting quickly enough from scientific and medical progress in the field; and
WHEREAS, with timely diagnosis and proper treatment, NET cancer patients can have significantly improved outcomes and quality of life; and
WHEREAS, it is vital that those affected by NET cancer have access to quality, affordable care, and that research of all forms continues to be vigorously supported so that individuals are educated on the signs, symptoms, and treatments available to them as NET cancer patients;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 10, 2019, as NET CANCER AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.