Quit smoking and reduce kidney cancer risk

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:

  • Obesity
  • 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.

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