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Kidney Cancer Stats & Facts for Ohio

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Kidney Cancer Stats & Facts for Ohio Infographic

Who Gets Kidney Cancer?

  • Cancer that starts in the kidney is called kidney and renal pelvis cancer. Renal cell cancer (RCC) is the most common type in adults.
  • In 2018, more than 2,500 cases of kidney and renal pelvis cancer were diagnosed in Ohio, representing 3.7% of all new invasive cancer cases.
  • Kidney and renal pelvis cancer is 2x more common in men than in women.
  • Blacks have higher incidence rates than whites.

Kidney Cancer Deaths

  • In 2019, 588 Ohioans died from kidney and renal pelvis cancer.
  • Kidney and renal pelvis cancer death rates have decreased in Ohio from 2010 to 2019.
  • Whites have higher death rates than Blacks.

Stage at Diagnosis* and Survival

  • 67% of kidney and renal pelvis cancer cases in Ohio were diagnosed at an early (local) stage in 2018.
  • 93% of people diagnosed with local stage kidney and renal pelvis cancer that has not spread beyond the kidney or renal pelvis survive 5 years.
  • 13% of people diagnosed with distant stage kidney and renal pelvis cancer that has spread to other parts of the body survive 5 years.

*In situ – cancer is noninvasive; local – cancer is confined to primary site;

regional – cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes;

distant – cancer has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body).

Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer

  • Current smoking.
  • Overuse of certain pain medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.
  • Being overweight.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having a family history of renal cell cancer.
  • Having certain genetic conditions, such as von Hippel-Lindau disease or hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma.
  • Workplace exposure to certain substances, such as trichloroethylene.

To lower your risk for kidney cancer:

  • Don’t smoke or quit if you do.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet.

Ohio cancer reports are available on the Cancer Data and Statistics webpage.

Sources: Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System (2018) and Bureau of Vital Statistics (2010-2019), Ohio Department of Health; SEER Program, National Cancer Institute; CDC.