Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma Overview

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Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention TOPICS

Can kidney cancer be prevented?

In many cases the cause of kidney cancer is not known. In some other cases, even when the cause is known there may not be anything that could have been done to prevent it. Still, you may be able to reduce your risk of kidney cancer by avoiding certain risk factors.

Cigarette smoking accounts for a large number of cases, and stopping smoking may lower your risk.

Obesity and high blood pressure are also risk factors for kidney cancer. Stay at a healthy weight by exercising and choosing a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Getting treatment for high blood pressure may help reduce your chance of getting this disease, too.

You should also avoid exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.

Last Medical Review: 04/29/2014
Last Revised: 02/10/2016