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A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of developing a tumor. Although risk factors often influence the development of Wilms tumor, most do not directly cause it. Some children with several risk factors never develop cancer, while others with no known risk factors do.
Most often, Wilms tumor is not inherited, but there can be genetic reasons for the tumor’s development.