The only risk factors known for gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is older age and specific rare, inherited genetic syndromes that cannot be changed. There are no known environmental or lifestyle-related causes of GISTs, so currently, we do not see any way to protect against these cancers 1.
- 1.Lanke G, Lee JH. How best to manage gastrointestinal stromal tumor. WJCO. Published online 2017:135. doi:10.5306/wjco.v8.i2.135