What Causes Kidney Cancer?

Doctors do not know what causes kidney cancer. But, they do know there are certain risk factors that increase your chance of getting kidney cancer. They are:

  • Smoking (men smokers have a higher risk than women smokers)
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol
  • Obesity, poor diet
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Being on kidney dialysis
  • Workplace exposure to chlorinated chemicals 
  • Heredity (some kidney cancers are found in multiple family members)

How can you lessen the risk for kidney cancer?

Some actions may help to reduce the risk of kidney tumors:

  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Eat fruits and vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collard greens and kale
  • Add fatty fish into your diet such as salmon, tuna and sardines
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly, it will help prevent obesity and hypertension