• Screening for Kidney Cancer

    Screening is a way to evaluate people without symptoms to determine if they are at risk for cancer or have already developed cancer.
    Screening involves:
    • An assessment of your medical history and lifestyle habits that may increase your risk of kidney cancer
    • Tests to identify early signs of kidney cancer

    Screening Guidelines

    Screening is recommended only for people with certain risk factors, such as Von Hippel-Lindau disease or those receiving dialysis .

    Screening Tests

    CT scan —This is a type of x-ray that uses a computer to produce cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.
    MRI scan —This test uses magnetic waves to produce images of the inside of the body. Using a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer, an MRI produces 2D and 3D pictures.
    Ultrasound —This test uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.


    About kidney cancer. Kidney Cancer Association website. Available at: http://www.kidneycancer.org/knowledge/learn/about-kidney-cancer . Updated January 29, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.

    Kidney cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/kidneycancer/index . Accessed June 20, 2013.

    Kidney cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/kidney . Accessed June 20, 2013.

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