kidney cancer

They are deep within the abdomen and protected by the lower rib cage. One kidney is just to the left and the other just to the right of the backbone.

Kidney cancer is a cancer that starts in the kidneys and is among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women.

About 63,340 new cases of kidney cancer will occur this year.

There are four types of kidney cancer:


The average age when someone is diagnosed with kidney cancer. 

For reasons that are not totally clear, the rate of new kidney cancer has been 


since the 1990s, although this seems to have leveled off in the past few years. 

Part of this rise could be due to the use of newer imaging tests such as CT scans, which have picked up many cancers that might never have been found otherwise.

Kidney cancer is very uncommon in people younger than

age 45

Check out our podcast on Kidney Cancer to learn more!

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