Can Rhabdomyosarcoma Be Prevented?

The risk of many cancers that typically occur in adults 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 known way to protect against these cancers.

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Last Medical Review: July 16, 2018 Last Revised: July 16, 2018

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