Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women in the United States.1 In 2009, more than 57,000 individuals will be diagnosed and approximately 13,000 people will die from the disease in the United States.1

Kidney cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cancerous cells that originate in the kidneys. While the specific cause is unknown, the most common type is renal cell carcinoma, which accounts for approximately 90 percent of cases.2 Other kidney cancer types account for 10 percent of cases.2