Individuals from St. Petersburg, Florida, are often surprised to hear that there are no risk factors that have been definitively proven to cause spinal cancer. It is widely known that certain lifestyle factors can increase a person’s chance of developing cancer in general – including body weight, tobacco use and diet – so it can be assumed that these factors can potentially lead to the development of cancer in the spine, or cancer that originates in a different part of the body but has metastasized, or spread, to the spine.
In addition to the lifestyle factors mentioned above, some experts believe that the following factors may also be associated with a heightened risk of spinal cancer:
- Certain inherited cancer syndromes, including von Hippel-Lindau disease, Cowden syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, Turcot syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome and neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2
- Weakened immune systems, which can be caused by auto immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), certain congenital conditions, other cancer treatment or medications to prevent the rejection of a transplanted organ
- Exposure to high levels of electromagnetic radiation
Those in the St. Petersburg, FL, area who have questions about their individual risk factors for spinal cancer are encouraged to consult with the experts in the Neuro-Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center. Because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, our neuro-oncologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and other professionals have unique experience in diagnosing and treating cancers of the spine. We are also committed to the advancement of spinal cancer research and treatment, and our efforts have led to our prestigious designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
If you live in St. Petersburg, FL, and would like to speak to an expert regarding your spinal cancer risk factors, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required to schedule a consultation.