Kidney Cancer Causes

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Kidney Cancer Causes:

Who Is at Risk of this Challenge?

Kidney Cancer occurs most often in people over 40. As yet no one knows the exact causes of the disease.

Doctors are rarely able to explain why one individual develops Kidney Cancer yet another doesn't. It is clear however, Kidney Cancer is not Contagious. No one can "catch" the disease from someone else.

Research however shows that individuals with certain increased risk factors are more likely than others to develop Kidney Cancer. These risk factor are anything that increases an individuals chance of developing the disease.

The Following Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer have shown up in various studies:


Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor. Cigarette smoking doubles your risk of the disease relative to nonsmokers. Cigar & Pipe smoking also seem to increase the risk of this disease.


People who are obese, particullarly clinically obese, have an increased risk of kidney cancer.

High blood pressure:

High blood pressure increases the risk of kidney cancer.

Long-term Dialysis:

Dialysis (a treatment for people whose kidneys do not function fully). It removes the wastes from the blood, normally the function of the Kidneys. Dialysis for many years is a risk factor for Kidney Cancer.

Von Hippel–Lindau (VHL) syndrome:

VHL is a relatively rare disease that seems to run in some families. VHL is caused by changes in the VHL gene. An abnormality in the VHL gene can increase the risk of Kidney Cancer. It also can cause cysts or tumours in the eyes, brain, and various other parts of the body. Family members of someone with this syndrome can have a test to check for the abnormal VHL gene. For people with the abnormal VHL gene, doctors may well advise ways to improve early detection of kidney cancer and other diseases ideally before any Symptoms develop. Link title


There is a higher risk of getting Kidney Cancer, for some individuals, because they come in contact with certain chemicals or substances in their workplace.

Coke oven workers in the iron and steel industry are at a higher risk.

Workers exposed to asbestos or cadmium may also be at a higher risk.


Males are more likely than females to be Diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. Each year in the United States, around 20,000 men and 12,000 women are Diagnosed with Kidney Cancer.

In Britain there are around 6,600 cases of Kidney Cancer Diagnosed and around 3,600 of these cases prove terminal, all be it on a delayed basis, mainly as a result of being diagnosed too late!

Most individuals who have these risk factors do not in fact develope Kidney Cancer.

Most individuals, on the other hand, who do contract the disease have no obvious known risk factors. Individuals who believe they may be at risk should discuss the risks with their doctor. The doctor may be able to advise how to reduce the risk and can advocate an appropriate schedule for checkups.

The Greatest Single Risk Factor:

When it comes to morbidity rates is failing to take note of Symptoms most deaths from Kidney Cancer are as a result of too late an initial diagnosis.

ALWAYS Take Symptoms Seriously & Consult Your Doctor A Delay In Checking May Cost YOU Your Life


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