Carolinas HealthCare System

In some people, the cause of kidney cancer isn’t known. In others, hereditary factors may predispose them to developing it. While there’s no surefire way to prevent kidney cancer, you can address risk factors, which, in turn, may help reduce the odds of developing this form of cancer. These include:

  • Quitting smoking.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a fruit- and vegetable-centered diet.
  • Getting treated for high blood pressure.
  • Being aware of workplace hazards and avoiding or limiting exposure to substances such as herbicides, organic solvents (like trichloroethylene, used in the degreasing of metal and found in products such as paint removers and rug-cleaning fluids), and cadmium (typically found in manufacturing and construction jobs involving smelting, metal refining or the manufacturing of batteries, plastics, coatings and solar panels; recycling of Ni-Cd batteries, electronic parts and plastics; and collecting of compost and collecting and incineration of municipal waste).