Can gastrointestinal stromal tumors be prevented?
The risk of many types of cancer can be reduced with certain lifestyle changes (such as maintaining a healthy weight or quitting smoking), but the only known risk factors for gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) − age and certain rare, genetic syndromes – cannot be changed. At this time we do not know of any way to protect against these cancers.
Last Medical Review: 12/11/2012
Last Revised: 02/26/2013