Can kidney cancer be prevented?
In many cases, the cause of kidney cancer is not known. In some other cases (such as with inherited conditions that raise kidney cancer risk), even when the cause is known it may not be preventable.
But there are some ways you may be able to reduce your risk of this disease. Cigarette smoking is responsible for a large percentage of cases, and stopping smoking may lower your risk. Obesity and high blood pressure are also risk factors for renal cell cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight by exercising and choosing a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and getting treatment for high blood pressure may also reduce your chance of getting this disease. Finally, avoiding workplace exposure to large amounts of harmful substances such as cadmium, asbestos, and organic solvents may reduce your risk for renal cell cancer as well.
Last Medical Review: 11/08/2012
Last Revised: 01/18/2013