Can Renal Cell Carcinoma Be Prevented?
Because kidney cancer such as renal cell carcinoma may recur, your urologist will recommend follow-up care, usually between three and six month intervals. Regular exams and follow-care is very important for preventing and/or identifying recurrence of your cancer.
Preventing Kidney Cancer
Many types of cancers can be prevented to some extent by taking precautions and living a healthy lifestyle. Taking these steps can help lower your risk of developing kidney cancer or having a recurrence:
- Quit smoking. This is the number one thing you can do to help prevent kidney cancer. Chemicals in tobacco smoke are absorbed into the blood and pass through the kidneys. These chemicals can damage the kidney and increase your chances of getting kidney cancer or having your cancer come back after treatment.
- Avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals and irritants. Take proper safety precautions if you work in an environment with dangerous chemicals, which can be your kidneys.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Work to maintain a healthy weight by eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Increase your exercise to help keep you in shape.
- Get regular check-ups. Stay on top of your health and keep chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, under control through the help of your doctor.