Kidney cancer preventability statistics

Kidney cancer is the ninth most common cancer in the UK.

Kidney cancer incidence

In 2013, 11,634 cases of kidney cancer were diagnosed. Of these cancer cases, 7,274 were in men and 4,360 were in women.

Kidney cancer mortality

In the UK in 2013, there were 3,979 deaths from kidney cancer. Of these deaths, 2,457 were men and 1,522 were women.

Proportion preventable

Smoking is a risk factor for kidney cancer. But scientists also estimate the following proportion of kidney cancer cases could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:

Lifestyle factor Increase or decrease risk? Approximate % preventable
Body fatness Increase 19

Find out more about preventability estimates or, for more detailed information, download appendix A of our policy report.


The figures come from the following sources: incidence for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland; mortality for England and WalesScotland and Northern Ireland.