Kidney Cancer Awareness Month: Get the Facts About Renal Cell Carcinoma

March is Global Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, a time to promote education and awareness around a disease that will be diagnosed in an estimated 61,500 people in 2015 according to the American Cancer Society. 

Also known as renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancer is among the 10 most common types of cancers diagnosed in men and women.

Read below for some of the risk factors and symptoms associated with renal cell carcinoma. 

Risk Factors

  • Lifestyle-related factors – Smoking, obesity and workplace exposure to certain substances are all linked to an increased risk of developing kidney cancer.
  • Genetic and hereditary factors – People with a strong family history of kidney cancer have a higher chance of developing the disease. Those with certain pre-existing hereditary conditions like Von Hippel-Lindau disease, for example are also considered high-risk.
  • Race and gender factors – African Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives have marginally higher rates of the disease than other races. Kidney cancer is also about twice as common in men as in women.

Some of the main symptoms of kidney cancer can include blood in the urine, abdominal mass, back or flank pain, weight loss and anemia. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately. To learn more about kidney cancer, visit the Kidney Cancer Association’s website here. For more information about CyberKnife treatment for kidney tumors, visit our Conditions Treated page.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.