What increases the risk for rhabdomyosarcoma?

Though its exact causes are unknown, there are several factors that may increase the risk of rhabdomyosarcoma. The risk of rhabdomyosarcoma may be increased if a child has certain inherited genetic conditions. Some of these conditions include Li-Fraumeni syndrome, neurofibromatosis, Costello syndrome, Noonan syndrome, and Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. These inherited conditions are pretty rare, but children who are affected have a higher risk of developing rhabdomyosarcoma. Other than these genetic conditions, researchers have not really identified any other factors that may increase a child's risk of this type of cancer.

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