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How can small intestine cancer be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There is no sure way to prevent small intestine cancer, because the most serious risk factors, such as Crohn's disease, are not within your control. However, eating a healthful low-fat, high-fiber diet may reduce your risk of small intestine cancer. Quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol consumption may also help prevent this cancer.

Dr. Jill K. Onesti, MD
Surgical Oncologist

Currently, there are no accurate screening studies or methods of preventing small intestine, or small bowel, cancers. There are many different types of small bowel cancers, but overall, they are rare. The most common ones include adenocarcinoma, neuroendocrine (or carcinoid tumors), lymphoma and sarcoma. The small bowel may also be a site of spread from metastatic cancers. This is most frequently seen with melanoma but may also occur with ovarian and colorectal cancers. A diagnosis of a small bowel cancer most typically occurs once symptoms are noticed, or by surprise when looking for something else.

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