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January 30th, 2018
Patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma had an improved time to deterioration (TTD) and similar quality of life (QoL) after treatment with cabozantinib compared with everolimus, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.1
December 15th, 2017
Patients who underwent cytoreductive nephrectomy for metastatic non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma had a significantly decreased risk of cancer-related mortality.
October 13th, 2017
Cancer-specific mortality among patients who undergo surgery for non-metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) vary according to histologic subtypes of the malignancy, new findings suggest.
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Kidney Health

Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer

Factors like smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, exposure to certain toxic chemicals, such as asbestos, and having a family history of kidney cancer have all been associated with a higher risk of developing kidney cancer. Gender and age also appear to play a role in the incidence of renal cancer, since men are about twice as likely to develop renal cancer as women and the risk for developing the disease tends to increase with age.

Kidney Health

Like most cancers, the exact cause(s) of renal cancer remain largely unknown. However, there are some physical and social factors you can control in order to promote your overall well-being and the health of your kidneys. Since blood continually passes through your kidneys and is filtered to produce urine, regularly checking and controlling your blood pressure is an important preventative measure that supports overall kidney health. For diabetics, closely controlling blood glucose is also very important and for those with anemia (having less than the normal amount of red blood cells), it is important to maintain a normal red blood cell count.

Other precautionary measures involve minimizing your exposure to environmental toxins where possible and using appropriate protective equipment when exposure is unavoidable. Choosing to drink water instead of beverages with high sugar contents and limiting your daily alcohol intake to no more than two drinks per day will also enhance overall kidney health.

Not smoking, exercising regularly (45 – 60 minutes, 4 - 5 times a week), eating a well-balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight are all lifestyle changes that will further improve the health of your kidneys. Lastly, it is important to be prudent when taking non-prescription medications, especially pain killers, and to follow your doctor’s instructions closely when taking prescription medications.