Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)

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Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention TOPICS

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: 04/04/2014
Last Revised: 02/08/2016