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Causes of Kidney Cancer

Delve into the world of kidney cancer as we uncover its underlying causes, risk factors, and potential prevention measures in this informative article.

  • 13 Oct 2023
  • 3 min read

Have you ever stopped to wonder what the causes of kidney cancer are? Many people don't know much about this type of cancer or what factors contribute to its development. Kidney cancer can have a debilitating and life-altering effect on those affected by it—from both physical and psychological impacts. But what leads someone to develop kidney cancer, and how can one reduce their risk? In this article, we'll explore the potential causes of kidney cancer so that you may better understand your own individual risks and potential ways to prevent it.


How is Kidney Cancer Caused?

The exact reason for kidney cancer is not known, but certain factors have been studied which may increase the chances of getting the disease:

  • Smoking: a person who smokes has almost twice the risk of developing kidney cancer as compared to nonsmokers.
  • Hazardous places: If a person is getting exposure to chemicals such as arsenic and cadmium used in mining, welding, farming and painting at their workplaces, they are at increased risk for getting this disease.
  • Family history: If a first-degree female relative like a father, brother, or son has any history of kidney cancer, he is at a greater risk of getting kidney cancer.
  • Being overweight or obese: a person who is obese is at increased risk for getting this cancer.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure has been associated with an increased risk of kidney cancer.
  • Radiation therapy: If a person has been treated with radiation therapy, like in the case of women; if she is treated with radiation therapy for reproductive organs related to a disease, then she is at increased risk of developing kidney cancer
  • Gene Mutation: Genes contain genetic information that instructs cells to function. If any changes are seen in certain genes, then it can increase the risk of getting kidney cancer.
  • Long-term Dialysis Treatment: Dialysis is the medical process of filtering the blood by passing it through a machine called a dialyzer. The process of dialysis is done when a person’s kidneys aren’t functioning properly.
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex: Tuberous sclerosis is a disease that causes seizures and disabilities which can result in the formation of tumours in many different organs, including the kidney.

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Although much is unknown about the causes of kidney cancer, the knowledge that we have today provides us with a good foundation for further research. It’s heartening to see organizations, medical researchers, and leading health professionals actively contributing to this debate and raising awareness for this challenging disease. Moving forward, staying informed and advocating for change will play an important role in battling this condition. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to safeguard yourself against any financial stress.

Disclaimer: the above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.

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