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: 1 in 76 Women: 1 in 151
The causes of kidney cancer are not fully understood.
Some factors known to increase the risk are:
- Family history of kidney cancer
Kidney Health Australia
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