Can Rhabdomyosarcoma Be Prevented?

The risk of many adult cancers can be reduced with certain lifestyle changes (such as staying at a healthy weight or quitting smoking), but at this time there are no known ways to prevent most cancers in children.

The only known risk factors for rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) – age, gender, and certain inherited conditions – can’t be changed. There are no proven lifestyle-related or environmental causes of RMS, so at this time there is no way to protect against these cancers.

Even though we don’t know how to prevent it, most children with RMS can be treated successfully.

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Last Medical Review: November 20, 2014 Last Revised: November 21, 2014

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