How many people get kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in UK adults, with around 13,000 new cases diagnosed each year, and 4,500 deaths. Kidney cancer accounts for 4% of all new cancer cases in the UK.

In men, kidney cancer is the sixth most common cancer, with around 8,000 new cases per year, and in women it ranks tenth with around 4,900 new cases per year.

It has been estimated that the lifetime risk of developing kidney cancer is 1 in 52 for men and 1 in 87 for women.

About a thrid of all kidney cancers are diagnosed in people aged over 75 years.

Kidney cancer is, therefore, a less common cancer. However, the incidence of kidney cancer is increasing globally, including the UK, where incidence rates have increased by a third (34%) over the last decade. This increase is mainly attributable to lifestyle factors, such as smoking and obesity, but could also be due to improvements in imaging technology leading to the incidental detection of small kidney tumours that don’t have any symptoms.

Data from Cancer Research UK unless specified otherwise.