What causes kidney cancer?

There is no exact cause for kidney cancer, however it is known that kidney cells somehow develop changes (mutations) in their DNA, which causes the abnormal growth and division. The erratic production of these mutated cells eventually forms a mass, or tumor(s). In some cases, the cause of kidney cancer is due to its many risk factors. Patients with kidney cancer usually have a family member who has also been diagnosed with the condition. Inherited syndromes, such as Von Hippel-Lindau disease, Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome, and/or tuberous sclerosis, may also lead to the development of kidney cancer. It is important to treat these conditions in order to avoid them advancing to cancer of the kidney(s). Untreated kidney cancer can also metastasize to nearby organs and blood vessels and cause other medical problems. 
kidney cancer causes

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  • "Kidney Cancer Symptoms & Treatment | Renal Cell Carcinoma." Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, 9 Dec. 2016. Web. 30 June 2017.
  • "Kidney Cancer." Kidney Cancer | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Johns Hopkins Health System, n.d. Web. 30 June 2017.


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