Renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer in which the cancerous cells are found in the lining of very small tubes (tubules) in the kidney.
Renal cancer; Kidney cancer; Hypernephroma; Adenocarcinoma of renal cells; Cancer - kidney
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults. It occurs most often in men ages 50 - 70.
The exact cause is unknown.
Risk factors include:
- Family history of the disease
- High blood pressure
- Horseshoe kidney
- Von Hippel-Lindau disease (a hereditary disease that affects the capillaries of the brain, eyes, and other body parts)