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Is kidney cancer hereditary?

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Dr. Matthew Thom
Urology 16 years experience
Can be: Certain hereditary syndromes including von hippel lindau, birt-hogg dube syndrome for example, increase risk of kidney cancer. These syndromes typically have other manifestations as well. However, the vast majority of kidney cancer is sporadic.
Dr. Terence Chapman
Urologic Oncology 27 years experience
Sometimes: The vast majority of kidney cancer cases are not inherited (sporadic). There are a handful of syndromes known to be associated with different types of kidney cancer but they are rare. A well known example is von hippel-lindau syndrome.

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