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Screening for kidney cancer

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Why there is no UK kidney cancer screening programme

Screening means testing people for the early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms. But before screening for any type of cancer can be carried out, doctors must have an accurate test to use. The test must be reliable in picking up cancers that are there. And it must not give false positive results in people who do not have cancer. At the moment there is no reliable screening test for kidney cancer for the general population. But people who may be at higher risk of developing kidney cancer can sometimes have screening.


Screening for people at higher risk of kidney cancer

If one of the inherited syndromes that increases the risk of kidney cancer runs in your family, you may be offered screening. This means having an ultrasound or MRI scan of your kidneys every year. There is also a genetic blood test for Von Hippel Lindau syndrome. Further genetic tests may become available in the future.


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Updated: 6 January 2016