Last Updated on Mar 14, 2016

Risk factors of Carcinoid Tumors or Carcinoid Syndrome

A risk factor is something that increases the chance of acquiring a disease. This doesn’t mean that a person without a risk factor will not acquire a cancer. That is not all; even having a risk factor doesn’t make it mandatory that the person develops cancer.

  • Age: A diagnosis of carcinoid tumor is more likely in older adults
  • Family history: People are at a higher risk of acquiring a carcinoid tumor if genetic syndromes like Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 1 (MEN 1) run in the family.
  • Smoking: Smoking tobacco is believed to increase the risk of acquiring a carcinoid tumor.
  • Other medical conditions like gastritis, pernicious anaemia where the stomach’s ability to produce acid has been affected are likely to increase the risk.


  1. Cecil Medicine, 23rd Ed.
  2. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Ed

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