Kidney Most kidney cancers (about 85%) are renal cell carcinomas that develop within the kidney tissue.

A less common type of kidney cancer is called transitional cell carcinoma, which arises in the fibrous lining of the kidney that joins with the ureter to take urine from the kidney to the bladder.


Nationwide there were 3082 new cases of kidney cancer in 2012

Risk of diagnosisbefore age 75

Men Men: 1 in 76 Woman Women: 1 in 151

Causes/Risk Factors

The causes of kidney cancer are not fully understood.
Some factors known to increase the risk are:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Family history of kidney cancer 


Supporting body

Kidney Health Australia




If the information on this website raises any questions or concerns relating to your cancer, please call Cancer Council on 13 11 20. Specialist cancer nurses staff the line Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm.