Risk Factors for Renal Pelvis and Ureter Cancer

The causes of renal pelvis and ureter cancer are unknown, but certain environmental irritants may be a factor.

 Kristofer R. Wagner, MD, Urology; Director – Robotic Surgery

A risk factor is something about you that increases your chance of getting a disease or having a certain health condition. Some risk factors for renal pelvis and ureter cancer you cannot change, but some you can. Changing the risk factors that you have control over will help you live a longer, healthier life.

Risk factors do not mean that you will get the disease. Many people who have these risk factors do not develop the disease and many who develop the disease did not have any of these risk factors.

The risk factors for renal pelvis and ureter cancer are:

  • Smoking – People who smoke are at a greater risk of developing renal pelvis and ureter cancer than people who don’t
  • Analgesic nephropathy – Damage to your kidneys from overexposure to certain medications — particularly over-the-counter pain medications — may increase the risk of developing renal pelvis and ureter cancer
  • Industrial exposure – Chemicals and dyes used to manufacture leather goods, textiles, plastics and rubber may increase the risk of developing renal pelvis and ureter cancer.

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