What causes carcinoid tumours?

It'snotknown exactlywhy carcinoid tumours develop, but it's thought that mostoccur by chance.

Your chances of developing a carcinoid tumour may be increased if you have:

  • a rare family syndrome called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1)
  • parents or siblings with a carcinoid tumour
  • parents with squamous cell skin cancer , non-Hodgkin's lymphoma , or cancer of the brain, breast, liver, womb, bladder or kidney
  • conditions called neurofibromatosis or tuberous sclerosis

You can read more about the possible risk factors for carcinoid tumours on theCancer Research UK website.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018