Can Lung Carcinoid Tumors Be Prevented?

Because we do not yet know what causes most lung carcinoid tumors, it is not possible to know how to prevent them.

Smoking has been linked with an increased risk of atypical carcinoids in some studies, so quitting (or not starting) might reduce a person’s risk.

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Thomas CF, Jett JR, Strosberg JR. Lung neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumors: Epidemiology, risk factors, classification, histology, diagnosis, and staging. UpToDate website. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/lung-neuroendocrine-carcinoid-tumors-epidemiology-risk-factors-classification-histology-diagnosis-and-staging. Updated Feb. 26, 2018. Accessed July 9, 2018. 

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