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.

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Last Medical Review: April 4, 2014 Last Revised: February 8, 2016

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