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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.

Revision Information

  • 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.

The health information in this Health Library is provided by a third party. Redmond Regional Medical Center does not in any way create the content of this information. It is provided solely for informational purposes. It does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care provided by a physician. Always consult with your doctor for appropriate examinations, treatment, testing, and care recommendations. Do not rely on information on this site as a tool for self-diagnosis. If you have a medical emergency, call 911.