NET Cancer Day
Who is behind NET Cancer Day?
NET Cancer Day is coordinated by the International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance (INCA). INCA is the global voice for patients with neuroendocrine cancer and genetic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) and their caregivers, with a mission to: raise awareness about all types of NETs; push for scientific advancements with a focus on identified unmet needs; and to provide a platform for global collaboration to address the many challenges NET patients and the medical community face, in securing a timely diagnosis and accessing optimal treatment, support and care.
INCA represents 34 member organizations from 26 countries around the globe.
What is NET Cancer Day?
NET Cancer Day is an annual event held on the 10th of November, created to increase awareness of neuroendocrine cancers (NETs) and to provide a voice to the NET community for improved diagnostics, treatments, information, care and research. NET Cancer Day is about drawing attention to this uncommon form of cancer and starting a global conversation amongst communities, medical professionals and governments – #LetsTalkAboutNETs.
On November 10, INCA members from around the globe promote with campaign resources in social media increasing awareness about this often misdiagnosed form of cancer.
“Let’s Talk About NETs” invites NET patients around the world to inspire their friends, families, clinicians and local communities to become ambassadors for the NET Cancer Day campaign in order to help make a difference.
How can I promote this event?
To improve awareness of neuroendocrine cancer, download the NET Cancer Day Ribbon here! By promoting this annual event you are:
- raising awareness about all types of NETs
- pushing for scientific advancements with a focus on identified unmet needs
- promoting 33 member organizations from 26 countries located around the globe.
- inspiring and providing a voice to the NET community
You can get involved in NET Cancer Day campaign by:
- Download/share campaign messages in your language in social media
- Promote the Global NET Patient Information Pack with 26 factsheets on different types of NETs in 10 languages
- Promote the findings of the Survey of Challenges in Access to Diagnostics and Treatment for NET Patients (SCAN) – infographics and videos available in 11 languages
- Share NET Cancer Day posts in social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube
Why the Zebra?
The NET community has adopted the zebra as our mascot, and international symbol. This is because in the medical community the term zebra is universally used to reference a rare disease or condition.
Medical students are thought to assume that the simplest explanation is usually the best, i.e., it is usually correct to look for common rather than exotic causes for disease. Doctors learn to expect common conditions, hence the phrase “If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.”
When diagnosing patients who present with varying symptoms, we need doctors to remember that when they hear hoof beats it could also be a ZEBRA… therefore – “When you hear hoofbeats, sometimes it’s a ZEBRA”.
NET Cancer Day Ribbon
The NET Cancer Awareness Day logo is provided for use in the promotion of NET Cancer Day events. The logo may only be used for noncommercial purposes and the logo design cannot be altered. The logo is copyrighted and held by the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation and may not be reproduced for profit.