Quit smoking and reduce kidney cancer risk
Lighting up might be causing future problems in your kidneys.
A Duke University Medical Center study shows quitting smoking can reduce the risk of advanced kidney cancer by 9 percent per smoke-free decade. Cigarette smoking increases risk for renal cell carcinoma—commonly called kidney cancer—as much as 1.6 times for patients surveyed in the university study. Though smoking remains a risk factor, it’s important to know other contributors to kidney cancer.
Besides smoking, The National Cancer Institute lists these additional risks factors to consider:
- High blood pressure
- Family history of kidney cancer
Consulting a highly rated Cincinnati urologist can help you understand your risk factors and how family history can impact your risk of kidney cancer.