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Appendix Cancer Prevention and Screening

Appendix Cancer Screening

Cancer screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest.

Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have been shown to improve appendix cancer outcomes. However, here at MD Anderson, we’re working to develop screening tests for those at risk.

Appendix Cancer Risk Factors

Anything that increases your chance of getting appendix cancer is a risk factor. Not everyone with risk factors gets appendix cancer. Risk factors include:

  • Smoking tobacco: Read more about MD Anderson’s smoking cessation clinical trials
  • Gender: Women are likely to develop carcinoid tumors
  • Family history of appendix cancer
  • Certain health conditions, such as atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which affect the stomach’s ability to make acid
  • Having a family history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome, a  disorder also called endocrine adenomatosis and Wermer syndrome

Not everyone with risk factors gets appendix cancer. However, if you have risk factors, you should discuss them with your doctor.

Appendix Cancer Prevention

Research shows that many cancers can be prevented. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Highly skilled surgeons perform the most-advanced procedures to treat appendix cancer
  • Specialized appendix cancer chemotherapy options, including hyperthermic intraperitoneal (HIPEC) chemotherapy
  • More experience with this complex cancer than most oncologists
  • Clinical trials of new therapies for appendix cancer

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