World NET Cancer Day is celebrated annually on November 10 across the world to inform about neuroendocrine tumors (NET) among common people. This global day provides a voice for the NET community to research, and improve treatment, and diagnostics. Neuroendocrine tumors are that a type of cancer that spread in specialized cells and are known as neuroendocrine cells. These cells are the similar to nerve cells and the work of these cells is to receive or send messages inside the nervous system.
Neuroendocrine tumors are one of the rare cancers that may occur anywhere in the body. This type of cancer mainly occurs in the appendix, pancreas, rectum, lungs, and small intestine. There are several types of neuroendocrine tumors, some grow gradually and many very fast. Several neuroendocrine tumors may produce excess hormones (functional neuroendocrine tumors) and many others do not release hormones or also do not release sufficient to cause symptoms (non-functional neuroendocrine tumors).
The symptoms of neuroendocrine cancer may depend on the location and type of tumors. When neuroendocrine may produces extra hormones then the symptoms may also include frequent urination, skin rash, dizziness, shakiness, skin flushing, diarrhea, increased thirst, and many more. The risk of neuroendocrine cancer is higher in high in those people who get genetic syndromes which enhances the risk of cancer
Treatment and diagnosis of neuroendocrine tumors are depending on the type of tumor and its location whether it has spread to several other parts of the body, and produces excess hormones. The main aim of this international day is to raise awareness about all type of types of NET cancer among common people across the world.