Causes of kidney cancer
Doctors don’t know what causes kidney cancer. But certain factors seem to increase the risk of kidney cancer. For example, kidney cancer occurs most often in people over the age of 40. Here are some other risk factors for kidney cancer:
● Being a man. Men are about twice as likely as women to develop kidney cancer.
● Being obese.
● Using certain pain medications for a long time. This includes over-the-counter drugs as well as prescription drugs.
● Have advanced kidney disease or be on long-term dialysis.
● Having certain genetic conditions, such as inherited papillary renal cell carcinoma.
● Having a family history of kidney cancer. The risk is especially high in siblings.
● Being exposed to certain chemicals, such as asbestos, benzene, organic solvents, or certain herbicides
. ● Have high blood pressure.
● Being black. The risk in black people is slightly higher than in white people.
● Have lymphoma. For an unknown reason, there is an increased risk of kidney cancer in patients with lymphoma.
Having these risk factors does not mean that you will get kidney cancer. And it’s also true that you
can have none of them and still get the disease.
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