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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National Cancer Institute. Physician Data Query (PDQ). Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors Treatment. 2017. Accessed at www.cancer.gov/types/soft-tissue-sarcoma/hp/gist-treatment-pdq on April 17, 2017.

Last Medical Review: May 17, 2017 Last Revised: May 17, 2017

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