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Kidney Cancer Risks and Prevention

People who develop kidney cancer are more likely than other people to have certain risk factors for the disease. A risk factor is something that increases the chance of developing a disease. There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing kidney cancer.

Kidney Cancer Risk Factors

Risk factors for kidney cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Overusing certain pain medications including over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen for a long period of time
  • Having certain genetic conditions or diseases

This does not mean that if you have one or more of these factors you will develop kidney cancer, but you may want to speak with a Penn Medicine physician to determine your risk.