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.

References:

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

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