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Islet Cell Tumor

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 4/2013
Risk Factors

ON THIS PAGE: You will find out more about what factors increase the chance of this type of tumor. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of developing a tumor. Although risk factors often influence the development of a tumor, most do not directly cause it. Some people with several risk factors never develop a tumor, while others with no known risk factors do. However, knowing your risk factors and talking about them with your doctor may help you make more informed lifestyle and health care choices.

Currently, the only factor researchers have found that may raise a person’s risk of developing an islet cell tumor is a hereditary condition called multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1 (MEN1). MEN1 increases the risk of developing tumors of three glands: pituitary, parathyroid, and pancreas.

Choose “Next” (below, right) to continue reading this guide to learn about what symptoms this type of tumor can cause. Or, use the colored boxes located on the right side of your screen to visit any section.

Last Updated: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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