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Kidney cancer deaths show overall decrease in Europe
Date:4/9/2008

sk as men, particularly those from western Europe, are the group who have shown the most favourable changes in smoking habits over the last few decades.

There are a number of factors that may play a role in reducing the incidence of kidney cancer and death rates from the disease.

Dietary factors might also play some role says Professor Levi. Although their influence on kidney cancer remains unclear, some studies have shown that people who eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruit are less likely to develop the disease.

Other factors could include reduced exposure to occupational carcinogens, although the risk of such carcinogens on kidney cancer remains unclear.

The authors say that there may also be a link with better control of high blood pressure, a known risk factor for the disease, and better control of urinary tract infections.

The current study quantifies recent reductions in kidney cancer deaths and, to a lesser degree, the incidence of the disease concludes Professor Levi.

But apart from the role played by reduced tobacco smoking in men, interpretation of these trends remains open to discussion.


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