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Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine (Carcinoid) Tumors
At this time, there is no known way to prevent gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors. Since smoking might increase the risk of carcinoid tumors of the small intestine, not starting or quitting smoking may reduce the risk for this disease. More studies are needed to know for sure.
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