What are the risk factors for gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors?

Risk factors for gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors can include:

  • Having a weakened immune system, including people with HIV/AIDS or those who have had their immune system suppressed because of an organ transplant
  • Having certain inherited (genetic) conditions, including neurofibromatosis type 1, tuberous sclerosis and von Hippel Lindau disease

What can you do to prevent gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors?

  • Most risk factors for gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors are unavoidable, which means there is no way to lower your risk for developing the disease.
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