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Cancer Research UK has reported that obesity and being overweight are to blame for the rise in kidney cancer in the UK, causing an extra 20,000 cases in the last 10 years, and that newly diagnosed cases of kidney cancer have risen by 40% over the past decade.
Being overweight or obese are implicated in about 25% of kidney cancers, and smoking is a risk factor in another 25%. However, the numbers of people smoking has dropped, and the numbers of people who are overweight or obese continue to rise. Cancer Research UK project that kidney cancer cases will rise a further 26% by 2035, which would make it one of the fastest growing types of cancer.