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    If your doctor tells you that you've got carcinoid tumors, there's a lot to take in. The condition is a type of cancer, but unlike some other kinds, there's more than one part of the body where it might start. And depending on where you get it, you could have a bunch of different symptoms, from pain in your belly to a bad cough.

    All carcinoid tumors, wherever they show up, affect cells that make hormones. They're part of a group of diseases called neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).

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    Most carcinoid tumors start in one of two areas: your lungs or your digestive system, also known as the GI tract. That includes places like your stomach, small intestine, colon, appendix, or rectum.

    It's not as common, but sometimes the tumors start in your pancreas, your testicles if you're a man, or ovaries if you're a woman.

    Keep in mind that these tumors grow slowly. And doctors often find them when they're at an early stage, which makes them easier to treat.

    Learn as much as you can about this condition so you can work with your doctor to get a treatment that's best for you. And keep an open line to your friends and family so you can get the backup and support you need to tackle things with confidence and a positive attitude.

    Risks for Carcinoid Tumors

    Doctors don't know for sure why people get them. But a few things may put you at a higher risk.

    Genetic disease. You may get carcinoid tumors if you have an illness called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1). It's a disease that's passed down through your family. About 10% of these tumors are due to MEN1.

    Another condition that can raise your risk for them is neurofibromatosis type 1.

    Race. More African-Americans than whites get carcinoid tumors in the GI tract.

    Gender. Women are slightly more likely than men to have this type of cancer.

    Age. Most people are diagnosed with carcinoid tumors in their 40s or 50s.

    Conditions. You're more likely to get a tumor in your stomach if you have a disease like pernicious anemia or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which lowers the amount of acid your stomach makes.

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