SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2015 61,560
  • % of All New Cancer Cases3.7%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2015 14,080
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths
    2.4%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

73.2% 2005-2011

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of kidney and renal pelvis cancer was 15.6 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 3.9 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2008-2012 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 1.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with kidney and renal pelvis cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2012, there were an estimated 375,925 people living with kidney and renal pelvis cancer in the United States.

Survival StatisticsShow More

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer?

Relative survivalExternal Web Site Policy statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.

73.2%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

73.2%

Based on data from SEER 18 2005-2011. Gray figures represent those who have died from kidney and renal pelvis cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Cancer stage at diagnosis, which refers to extent of a cancer in the body, determines treatment options and has a strong influence on the length of survival. In general, if the cancer is found only in the part of the body where it started it is localized (sometimes referred to as stage 1). If it has spread to a different part of the body, the stage is regional or distant. The earlier kidney and renal pelvis cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. For kidney and renal pelvis cancer, 64.5% are diagnosed at the local stage. The 5-year survival for localized kidney and renal pelvis cancer is 92.1%.

Percent of Cases & 5-Year Relative Survival by Stage at Diagnosis: Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer
Percent of Cases by Stage
  • Localized (65%)
    Confined to Primary Site
  • Regional (16%)
    Spread to Regional Lymph Nodes
  • Distant (16%)
    Cancer Has Metastasized
  • Unknown (3%)
    Unstaged
65% localized; 16% regional; 16% distant; 3% unknown
5-Year Relative Survival
92.1% localized; 65.4% regional; 11.8% distant; 36.2% unstaged

SEER 18 2005-2011, All Races, Both Sexes by SEER Summary Stage 2000

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More

How Common Is This Cancer?

Compared to other cancers, kidney and renal pelvis cancer is fairly common.

Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2015
Estimated
Deaths 2015
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 231,840 40,290
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 221,200 158,040
3. Prostate Cancer 220,800 27,540
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 132,700 49,700
5. Bladder Cancer 74,000 16,000
6. Melanoma of the Skin 73,870 9,940
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 71,850 19,790
8. Thyroid Cancer 62,450 1,950
9. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 61,560 14,080
10. Endometrial Cancer 54,870 10,170

Kidney and renal pelvis cancer represents 3.7% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.

3.7%

In 2015, it is estimated that there will be 61,560 new cases of kidney and renal pelvis cancer and an estimated 14,080 people will die of this disease.

Kidney cancer is more common in men than women and among African Americans and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The number of new cases of kidney and renal pelvis cancer was 15.6 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2008-2012 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer
1.2% under 20; 1.8% 20-34; 6.0% 35-44; 16.4% 45-54; 26.3% 55-64; 25.8% 65-74; 16.8% 75-84; 5.6% 85 and older

Kidney and renal pelvis cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 55-64.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

64

SEER 18 2008-2012, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer
MalesFemales
  • Male 21.3All RacesFemale 10.8
  • Male 21.9WhiteFemale 11.1
  • Male 25.1BlackFemale 12.8
  • Male 11.6Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 5.5
  • Male 24.8American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 13.9
  • Male 20.2HispanicFemale 11.6
  • Male 21.6Non-HispanicFemale 10.7

SEER 18 2008-2012, Age-Adjusted

Kidney and renal pelvis cancer is the thirteenth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The number of deaths was 3.9 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2008-2012 deaths.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer
0.4% under 20; 0.5% 20-34; 1.8% 35-44; 9.3% 45-54; 21.2% 55-64; 25.7% 65-74; 25.7% 75-84; 15.4% 85 and older

The percent of kidney and renal pelvis cancer deaths is highest among people aged 75-84.

Median Age
At Death

71

U.S. 2008-2012, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer
MalesFemales
  • Male 5.7All RacesFemale 2.5
  • Male 5.9WhiteFemale 2.6
  • Male 5.6BlackFemale 2.5
  • Male 2.9Asian /
    Pacific Islander
    Female 1.2
  • Male 8.7American Indian /
    Alaska Native
    Female 4.7
  • Male 5.0HispanicFemale 2.4
  • Male 5.8Non-HispanicFemale 2.5

U.S. 2008-2012, Age-Adjusted

Trends in RatesShow More

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new kidney and renal pelvis cancer cases have been rising on average 1.4% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have not changed significantly over 2002-2012. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.

More About This CancerShow More

Cancer and the Kidney

The kidney (including the surrounding fibrous tissue and fat layer, the renal pelvis, and the ureter) and the adrenal gland, as well as a close-up view of the renal pelvis.
Figure: Kidney and Adrenal Gland
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This cancer forms in tissues of the kidneys. Kidney cancer includes renal cell carcinoma (cancer that forms in the lining of very small tubes in the kidney that filter the blood and remove waste products) and renal pelvis carcinoma (cancer that forms in the center of the kidney where urine collects). It also includes Wilms tumor, which is a type of kidney cancer that usually develops in children under the age of 5.

Additional Information

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about kidney cancer.

References

All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Miller D, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z,Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2012, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2012/, based on November 2014 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2015.

Suggested Citation

All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/kidrp.html

This factsheet focuses on population statistics that are based on the US population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer ProfilesExternal Web Site Policy.

The statistics presented in this factsheet are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.

Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. This factsheet does not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although it provides links to information in many of these areas.