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What can put me at risk for renal cell carcinoma?

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Several things can raise your chances of getting renal cell carcinoma, like:

  • Smoking
  • Being very overweight
  • Taking a lot of pain medicine, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, for a long time
  • Having hepatitis C
  • Having acquired cystic kidney disease
  • Exposure to certain dyes, asbestos, cadmium (a metal), herbicides, and solvents
  • Some inherited conditions, especially von Hippel-Lindau disease

From: Renal Cell Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) - Renal Cell Carcinoma."

Medscape: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

The Merck Manual: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer;" "Renal Cell Cancer Treatment (PDQ®);" and "Renal Cell Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) - Renal Cell Carcinoma."

Medscape: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

The Merck Manual: "Renal Cell Carcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer;" "Renal Cell Cancer Treatment (PDQ®);" and "Renal Cell Cancer."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

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