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OROHO/CHIUSANO/McHOSE RESOLUTION PROMOTING AWARENESS OF NET CANCER SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR CHRISTIE

Senator Steve Oroho / 973-300-0200
Assemblyman Gary Chiusano / 973-300-0200
Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose / 973-300-0200
November 9, 2012    

LITTLE-KNOWN NEUROENDOCRINE TUMOR CANCER OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED

 Governor Christie has signed legislation designating November 10 as “Neuroendocrine Tumor Cancer Awareness Day,” which was sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Gary Chiusano and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, on behalf of a Frankford resident who has been fighting the disease.

The 24th District delegation sponsored the resolution for Hap Rowan, a Frankford resident, who was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine tumor cancer, known as NET cancer, in 2008 after it took doctors eight years to make the diagnosis and who has been on a mission to spread the word how important early detection is to survive NET cancer.

Gary Chiusano, Mary and Hap Rowan and Alison Littell McHose“Hap Rowan has done so much to educate us, as legislators, to this relatively unknown cancer and we share his passion to raise awareness to lead to better treatments until we find a cure,” Oroho said. “Hap and his wife, Mary, have demonstrated great courage in his battle with NET cancer and we’re gratified to join with the Rowans and Governor Christie to help in the overall educational effort.”

NET cancer, or carcinoid cancers, occurs when neuroendocrine cells grow into malignant tumors resulting in lung infections, wheezing, abdominal pain, heart palpitations, heartburn, skin rashes, anxiety attacks and can be fatal.

Although thousands of Americans suffer from NET cancer, most are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for a different disease because there is a lack of knowledge in the medical community about the disease.

The resolution (SJR-12) seeks to recognize the plight of those with NET cancer and increase awareness of the disease to spur research, improve treatment and diagnosis.

“Many people with NET cancer have to wait more than five years for proper treatment because of delayed or mistaken diagnosis, which gives the cancer the time to spread to other vital organs,” Chiusano said. “Increasing awareness of these types of cancer will improve treatment until we can cure it once and for all and we’re proud to stand with the Rowans and Governor Christie to fight NET cancer.”

NET Cancer Awareness Day was first observed in 2010. It is represented by a zebra-striped ribbon because medical students are often taught: “When you hear the sound of hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” NET cancer advocates want them to look for zebras in order to detect sleeper diseases like NET cancer earlier.

“A delayed diagnosis prevents critical treatment which gives a cancer more time to destroy a person’s body,” McHose said. “Hap Rowan has been an inspiration for those battling a serious illness and we took great pride in working with the Rowans and Governor Christie to help prevent people from having to suffer the consequences of an undetected disease for several years.”

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OROHO/CHIUSANO/McHOSE RESOLUTION PROMOTING AWARENESS OF NET CANCER APPROVED BY LEGISLATURE

Senator Steve Oroho / 973-300-0200
Assemblyman Gary Chiusano / 973-300-0200
Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose / 973-300-0200
October 18, 2012

LITTLE-KNOWN NEUROENDOCRINE TUMOR CANCER OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED

The Assembly approved legislation today designating November 10 as “Neuroendocrine Tumor Cancer Awareness Day” with the support of a Frankford resident who inspired the 24th District legislators to sponsor the resolution.
Sen. Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Gary Chiusano and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris, introduced the resolution in honor of Hap Rowan, a Frankford resident, who was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine tumor cancer, known as NET cancer, in 2008 after it took doctors eight years to make the diagnosis.

Gary Chiusano, Mary and Hap Rowan and Alison Littell McHose

“My wife Mary and I are on a mission to spread the word about how important it is that early detection of NET cancers is key to survival,” Rowan said. “This is why we embarked on this mission to educate our home State of New Jersey in the hope that other states will follow. Many thanks go out to our legislative team in the 24th district – Senator Oroho, Assemblyman Gary Chuisano and Assemblywoman Allison McHose Littell – for believing in our cause. Without them and their very dedicated staff, we would not have had this opportunity to advocate to the decision makers we needed to.”

NET cancer, or carcinoid cancers, occurs when neuroendocrine cells grow into malignant tumors resulting in lung infections, wheezing, abdominal pain, heart palpitations, heartburn, skin rashes, anxiety attacks and can be fatal.
Although thousands of Americans suffer from NET cancer, most are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for a different disease because there is a lack of knowledge in the medical community about the disease.
“Hap Rowan has done so much to educate us, as legislators, to this relatively unknown cancer and we share his passion to raise awareness to lead to better treatments until we find a cure,” Oroho said. “Hap and his wife, Mary, have demonstrated great courage in his battle with NET cancer and we’re gratified to help in the overall educational effort.”
The resolution (SJR-12 / AJR-48) seeks to recognize the plight of those with NET cancer and increase awareness of the disease to spur research, improve treatment and diagnosis.
“Many people with NET cancer have to wait more than five years for proper treatment because of delayed or mistaken diagnosis, which gives the cancer the time to spread to other vital organs,” Chiusano said. “Increasing awareness of these types of cancer will improve treatment until we can cure it once and for all.”
NET Cancer Awareness Day was first observed in 2010. It is represented by a zebra-striped ribbon because medical students are often taught: “When you hear the sound of hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” NET cancer advocates want them to look for zebras in order to detect sleeper diseases like NET cancer earlier.
“A delayed diagnosis prevents critical treatment which gives a cancer more time to destroy a person’s body,” McHose said. “Hap Rowan has been an inspiration for those battling a serious illness and we’re committed to preventing people from suffering the consequences of an undetected disease for several years.”
The resolution has passed both houses of the Legislature and heads to the Governor’s desk.
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OROHO/CHIUSANO/McHOSE RESOLUTION PROMOTING AWARENESS OF NET CANCER ADVANCES

LITTLE-KNOWN NEUROENDOCRINE TUMOR CANCER OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee approved legislation designating November 10 as “Neuroendocrine Tumor Cancer Awareness Day” in New Jersey. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, all R-Sussex, Warren and Morris.

Neuroendocrine tumor cancer, known as NET cancer, or carcinoid cancers, occurs when neuroendocrine cells grow into malignant tumors resulting in lung infections, wheezing, abdominal pain, heart palpitations, heartburn, skin rashes, anxiety attacks and can be fatal.

Although thousands of Americans suffer from NET cancer, most are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for a different disease because there is a lack of knowledge in the medical community about the disease.

“Many people mistakenly believe that Apple executive Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer when in fact he died from complications of NET cancer,” said Senator Oroho.

“Many people with NET cancer have to wait more than five years for proper treatment because of delayed or mistaken diagnosis, which gives the cancer the time to spread to other vital organs,” Chiusano said. “Increasing awareness of these types of cancer will improve treatment until we can cure it once and for all.”

SJR-12 and AJR-48 seek to recognize the plight of those with NET cancer and increase awareness of the disease to spur research, improve treatment and diagnosis. Oroho, Chiusano, and McHose introduced the resolutions because of Frankford resident Hap Rowan who was diagnosed with it in 2008. It took doctors eight years to make the diagnosis.

“A delayed diagnosis prevents critical treatment which gives a cancer more time to destroy a person’s body,” McHose said. “Hap Rowan has been an inspiration for those battling a serious illness and we’re committed to preventing people from suffering the consequences of an undetected disease for several years.”

NET Cancer Awareness Day was first observed in 2010. It is represented by a zebra-striped ribbon because medical students are often taught: “When you hear the sound of hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” NET cancer advocates want them to look for zebras in order to detect sleeper diseases like NET cancer earlier.

“Hap Rowan has done so much to educate us, as legislators, to this relatively unknown cancer and it has become one of his life’s passions to raise awareness to it to not only aid in treatment, but in the hope of one day finding a cure,” Oroho said. “Hap and his wife, Mary, have demonstrated great courage in his battle with NET cancer and we’re gratified to help in the overall educational effort.”

SJR-12 has already been approved by the state Senate. Both resolutions await action by the full Assembly.

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