Renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer that starts in the lining of very small tubes (tubules) in the kidney.
Renal cancer; Kidney cancer; Hypernephroma; Adenocarcinoma of renal cells; Cancer - kidney
Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults. It occurs most often in men 50 to 70 years old.
The exact cause is unknown.
The following may increase your risk of kidney cancer:
- Dialysis treatment
- Family history of the disease
- High blood pressure
- Horseshoe kidney
- Long-term use of certain medicines, such as pain pills or water pills (diuretics)
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Von Hippel-Lindau disease (a hereditary disease that affects blood vessels in the brain, eyes, and other body parts)