Causes of kidney cancer
Who is more likely to get kidney cancer
Anyone can get kidney cancer, but some things can increase your chances of getting it.
You may be more likely to get it if you:
- have a close relative with kidney cancer
- are overweight or living with obesity
- have high blood pressure
- have certain inherited genetic conditions, such as tuberous sclerosis
- are having long-term dialysis for chronic kidney disease
How to reduce your chances of getting kidney cancer
You cannot always prevent kidney cancer. But making healthy changes can lower your chances of getting it.
It's important to get any symptoms of kidney cancer checked by a GP.
Even if you do not think you fit into any of the groups with a higher chance of getting it. Anyone can get kidney cancer.
Page last reviewed: 31 May 2023
Next review due: 31 May 2026