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What increases my risk for spinal cord tumors?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some hereditary disorders, like neurofibromatosis 2 and Von Hippel-Lindau disease, cause noncancerous tumors in or around the spinal cord, so having a family history of these conditions can increase your risk. In addition, it appears that people with weak immune systems are more likely to develop certain types of tumors of the spinal cord. People who have cancer in other parts of the body are at risk for secondary spinal cord tumors, as these tumors could spread to the spinal cord.

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