NYU Langone doctors recommend following certain guidelines to help reduce your risk of kidney cancer. Your doctor can guide you in making lifestyle changes to improve kidney health.
Smoking may increase the risk of developing kidney cancer. NYU Langone doctors urge smokers to quit, and offer effective Tobacco Cessation Programs to help you succeed.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being overweight is linked to an increased risk of kidney cancer. Excess pounds can lead to changes in hormones such as insulin, causing blood sugar levels to rise and possibly damaging the kidneys. The best way to lose weight—or maintain a healthy weight—is to adhere to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can also help you slim down. NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program offers medical approaches to help you meet your goal.
Control High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, may raise your risk of kidney cancer. Doctors don’t know whether the condition itself or the medications used to treat it are responsible for the increased risk. One way to reduce your blood pressure is to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
Limit Workplace Exposure to Chemicals
Exposure to industrial minerals and chemicals such as asbestos and cadmium has been associated with an increased risk of kidney cancer.