Neuroendocrine and Carcinoid Tumors
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine or carcinoid tumor the experts at Roswell Park are here for you. Rare tumors require uncommon care. Neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumor cases are often complicated and involve many parts of the body.
- Cancer.net estimates that more than 12,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor each year.
- More than 1,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with Merkel cell skin cancer each year.
- Almost all people diagnosed with the disease are over age 50, and 90% of cases occur in white people.
- The 5-year survival rate of people with Merkel cell cancer is about 60%. It is much higher if the cancer is found early, before it has spread to the lymph nodes or distant parts of the body.
- The following factors can raise a person's risk of developing a neuroendocrine tumor:
- Age, gender, race/ethnicity, family history, immune system suppression, merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV), arsenic exposure and sun exposure.