Fact or Fiction: Renal Cell Carcinoma

Karl J. D'Silva, MD


September 22, 2023

Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults, accounting for approximately 80% of neoplasms arising from the kidney. Risk factors for RCC include smoking, obesity, and hypertension, as well as renal stones, chronic renal failure, dialysis treatment, polycystic kidney disease, Black race, and sickle cell disease. The median age of diagnosis is 64 years, and twice as many men are diagnosed as are women. Approximately 70% of RCCs have a clear cell histology (ccRCC).

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