People tend to get risk factors and causes mixed up. So, before we dive into this article, we’re going to define what a risk factor is. A risk factor is not something that will definitively result in a disease, such as cancer. Rather, it’s something that increases a person’s chances of developing a disease, such as cancer.
In some cases, risk factors can be altered, such as smoking, but other times they cannot be altered. For example, gender and race are risk factors that can’t be changed. Also, having one or even several risk factors does not mean that you will get cancer, it simply means you’re at an increased risk. There have been many instances when a person does develop cancer, such as kidney cancer, and yet doesn’t have any of the risk factors on the list.
With that being said, it’s still important to be informed on what the risk factors are, so here’s a look at 12 known factors that make a person more likely to develop kidney cancer…
Age, Race, and Gender
These risk factors are extremely general and by no means should be judged on their own as a risk for kidney cancer. However, WebMD notes that for some unknown reason, men are twice as likely to develop kidney cancer than women. Also, there are higher rates of kidney cancer among African Americans as compared to any other race.
When it comes to age, it seems the older a person is, the higher their risk because kidney cancer is typically found in adults between the ages of 50 and 70, writes Cancer.Net.