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Reducing Your Risk of Kidney Cancer

A risk factor increases your chances of developing cancer. Modifying the following risk factors may help reduce your risk of kidney cancer.

Because doctors do not know what causes kidney cancer, there are no guidelines for reducing your risk of the disease.

General Guidelines

Avoid Exposure to Cancer-causing Substances

Avoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing kidney cancer. Suggestions include:

  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit .
  • Do not work or live in places that contain asbestos or other kidney cancer-causing toxins.
Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity is thought to be a risk factor for kidney cancer. If you are overweight, a healthy diet and exercise may reduce your risk of kidney cancer. Talk to your doctor about changing your diet and starting an exercise routine.

Revision Information

  • About kidney cancer. Kidney Cancer Association website. Available at: . Updated January 29, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.

  • Kidney cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: . Accessed June 20, 2013.

  • Kidney cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: . Accessed June 20, 2013.

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