A risk factor is anything that may increase your chance of having a disease. The exact cause of someone’s cancer may not be known, but risk factors can make it more likely for a person to have cancer. Some risk factors may be out of your control,, but others may be things you can change.
Through small intestine cancer research, scientists have found some risk factors that may increase the likelihood that patients will develop small intestine cancer.
If you fall under any of these categories, you should let your healthcare provider know. Some of these risk factors may put you at a higher risk for developing other conditions as well.
Family History of Gastroenterological Cancers
First, you may be at a higher risk for developing small intestine cancer if it runs in your family. There are certain gene mutations that families pass down through generations.
If you know of someone in your family who has had any gastroenterological cancers, you should let your healthcare provider know. This will alert them to watch for signs and symptoms of these conditions, and it could lead to a quicker diagnosis in the future. With this, you should ask if anyone in your family has had one of the following conditions:
Researchers have linked each of these conditions to small intestine cancer in family lineages. Again, you should let your healthcare provider know if any of these conditions run in your family.
Personal History of Other Intestine Diseases
If you have an intestine condition, you could be at a higher risk of developing small intestine cancer. Here are some of the most common intestine conditions linked to small intestine cancer:
If you have one of these or another intestine-related disease, you should alert your healthcare provider. Having a full medical history will help them get a more comprehensive look at signs and symptoms, and it will help them better care for those other chronic conditions.
Personal History of a Weakened Immune System
A weakened immune system can also put you at a higher risk of developing small intestine cancer.
Whether you have an autoimmune disease, HIV, or you're taking medication that weakens your immune system, you should let your healthcare provider know. You should be vigilant about looking for the signs and symptoms of small intestine cancer that we discussed earlier.
Other risk factors of small intestine cancer can include:
Not being active.
Heavy alcohol use.