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Why is the impact of Kidney Cancer important to Albertans?

Kidney cancer is the 5th most common cancer in Alberta.1
About 485 adults were diagnosed in 2012.2

  • Kidney cancer is much more common in men than in women. In fact, about 2 out of 3 people who develop kidney cancer are men.
  • The risk of getting Kidney cancer begins to rise at about age 30 for both men and women. The rate rises more quickly for men and then levels off at age 80. The rate levels off in women at about age 70.
  • Rates for new kidney cancer cases in Alberta didn’t change much between 1992 and 2012.

What can I do?

Experts in Alberta agree that we can prevent about 34 out of 100 cases of kidney cancer.2 Here’s how:

Tobacco smoking is linked to almost 20% of new cancer cases

Tobacco has cancer-causing toxins (called carcinogens) that damage kidney cells. Over time, the damaged cells can turn into cancer. You can lower your risk for kidney cancer when you quit using tobacco or cut down.

Being overweight is linked to about 17% of new cases. The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) recommend adults stay at a healthy body weight3 and keep their body mass index (BMI) in the normal range. Use our BMI Tool to find the healthy weight range for you.

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More information on kidney cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatment at MyHealth Alberta.

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