Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Pancreas: Risk Factors

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2017

ON THIS PAGE: You will find out more about the factors that increase the chance of developing this type of tumor. Use the menu to see other pages.

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 the tumor. Some people with several risk factors never develop a tumor, while others with no known risk factors do. 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 a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor is a hereditary condition called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1). MEN1 increases the risk of developing tumors in the pituitary gland, the parathyroid gland, and the pancreas.

The next section in this guide is Symptoms and Signs. It explains what body changes or medical problems this type of tumor can cause. You may use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.