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What increases my risk for developing a carcinoid tumor?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A primary risk factor for developing a carcinoid tumor is having a family member with a history of developing tumors in the endocrine system. Persons who suffer conditions that affect the production of stomach acid, such as gastritis, also have a higher risk of developing carcinoid tumors. Smoking tobacco is another factor that increases the risk of developing a carcinoid tumor. And carcinoid tumors are also more likely to be diagnosed in older people.

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