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Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer)
Causes and Risk Factors
Medical researchers have not been able to identify the exact causes of renal cell carcinoma, but the evidence from clinical trials and medical experience built up over time reveals a strong connection between several risk factors and renal cell carcinoma.
Lack of physical exercises: Several studies suggest that people who are not active physically have a higher risk to develop kidney cancer.
Occupational exposure: Many studies suggest that certain work environments (ex: the iron and steel industry) increase the risk for renal cell carcinoma. The exposure to certain chemical and substances, such as asbestos (a mineral fiber that can be used in construction materials for insulation and as fire-retardant) and cadmium (a rare, soft, bluish-white chemical element used in batteries and plastic industry), also increase the risk for renal cell carcinoma.
Non-genetic conditions such as problems with blood pressure (high blood pressure increases the risk for kidney cancer) increase the risk for renal cell carcinoma.
Genetic and hereditary conditions such as:
A family history of renal cell carcinoma: Those people that have a family history of renal cell carcinoma are at a higher risk for developing kidney cancer.
Certain treatments such as dialysis (a life support treatment that does not treat any kidney disease, but substitutes the kidneys function of filtering the blood), medication (certain pain relievers - like Phenacetin, and those available over-the-counter, diuretics - medication used in the treatment of the high blood pressure) can increase the risk for renal cell carcinoma.
Article by Alina Morrow, MS
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