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What Causes Kidney Cancer in Children?

The exact cause of kidney cancer is not known. Wilms’ tumor has been linked to some birth defects.

Wilms’ tumor also has a greater chance of showing up in brothers and sisters. This suggests that it can be passed down in families.

There has been a lot of interest in the genetics of how renal tumors grow in children. Some specific changes in chromosomes have been linked to a greater risk for Wilms’ tumor and tumor growth. Experts hope that this might shed some light on how to treat this disease.