Healthshots

By Aayushi Gupta

Published June 15, 2024

6 Risk Factors Of Kidney Cancer

While the cause behind kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma, is not known, several things can increase your risk of developing it. Here are 6 risk factors of kidney cancer.

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Smoking

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Cigarette smoking significantly increases the risk of developing kidney cancer. Chemicals in tobacco can damage the kidneys, increasing the risk of kidney cancer.

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Obesity

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Excess body weight is linked to kidney cancer due to the higher production of certain hormones that can foster tumor growth. Obesity also leads to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, further increasing cancer risk.

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High Blood Pressure 

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Hypertension can damage kidney tissues over time, contributing to cancer development. Make sure you take your medicine on time to keep BP levels under control.

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Advanced Age

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While why kidney cells change and become cancerous is not yet found, people are more likely to develop it over the age of 60. Apart from the age, kidney cancer can also run in family.

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Chronic Kidney Disease

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Individuals with chronic kidney disease, especially those on long-term dialysis, have a higher risk of kidney cancer. This may be due to ongoing kidney inflammation and cell turnover.

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Exposure To Toxins

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Certain workplace exposures to chemicals such as asbestos, cadmium, and some herbicides can increase kidney cancer risk. These substances can lead to cellular damage and mutations in kidney tissues.

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