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Carcinoid Tumor Prevention and Screening

Carcinoid Tumor 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 carcinoid tumor outcomes.

Carcinoid Tumor Risk Factors

Anything that increases your chance of getting a carcinoid tumor is a risk factor. These include:

  • Conditions that affect how the stomach makes digestive juices, including atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
  • Family history of a rare syndrome called multiple endocrine neoplasia 1 (MEN1)
  • Race: African-Americans are more likely to develop carcinoid tumors in certain areas of the body than whites
  • Gender: Carcinoid tumors are slightly more common in women
  • Smoking tobacco: Read more about MD Anderson’s smoking cessation clinical trials

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

Carcinoid Tumor 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?

  • Advanced carcinoid tumor treatments including targeted therapies, specialized surgical techniques and octreotide
  • Focused diagnostic methods including high-resolution CT scan, nuclear imaging (OctreoScan™), endoscopic ultrasound and capsule endoscopy
  • Skilled surgeons, innovative techniques
  • Team approach includes specialists with high levels of experience treating carcinoid tumors
  • Clinical trials of new carcinoid tumor treatments

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