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renal cell carcinoma (RCC)

It is a heterogeneous group of sporadic or hereditary carcinoma derived from cells of the proximal renal tubular epithelium. It is subclassified into clear cell renal carcinoma (non-papillary carcinoma), papillary renal cell carcinoma, chromophobe renal cell carcinoma, collecting duct carcinoma with medullary carcinoma of the kidney, and unclassified renal cell carcinoma.

Renal cell carcinoma occurs nearly twice as often in men as in women; incidence in the United States is equivalent among whites and blacks. Cigarette smoking doubles the likelihood of renal cell carcinoma and contributes to as many as one-third of cases. Obesity is also a risk factor, particularly in women. Other risk factors include hypertension, unopposed estrogen therapy, and occupational exposure to petroleum products, heavy metals, or asbestos.

OTHER NAME(S): RENAL CELL CARCINOMA, NONPAPILLARY

ABREVIATION(S):
RCC

TYPE: CANCER

Related patway(s): base excision repair (BER)

DNAtraffic protein(s) related to disease: hOGG1

OMIM: 144700

Last modification date: Sept. 16, 2011