Vitamin E May Protect Against Kidney Cancer

We wrote about lycopene-containing foods lowering kidney cancer risk by 45%, but did you know vitamin E may also protect against kidney cancer?

  • According to a study published in the Journal of Renal Nutrition, a higher dietary intake of vitamin E may decrease the risk of developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC).
  • The team at Affiliated Urologists explains the benefits of vitamin E for kidney health and what else can be done to decrease a person’s risk of developing kidney cancer.

Researchers at the Third Military Medical University in China found that high dietary consumption of vitamin E was associated with a 25% lower risk of developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC) compared to lower intakes. For scientists of European countries, high dietary consumption of vitamin E actually leads to a 42% decreased the risk of RCC. While the mechanisms of this impact are unknown, scientists can assume vitamin E’s antioxidant properties play an important role in cancer prevention.

According to the article, vitamin E is a well-known antioxidant that has the ability to inhibit tissue lipid peroxidation, apoptosis, 8- hydroxydeoxyguanosine formation, and DNA fragmentation. All of these processes are factors in cancer development and can improve with supplemental treatment and eating foods high in antioxidants.

In addition to eating certain foods and vitamins, other lifestyle changes could decrease your risk of developing kidney cancer. Quitting smoking, for instance, is one way a person can lower their risk of developing kidney cancer. According to, smoking is believed to cause 30% of kidney cancers in men and roughly 25% in women. 

Having a family history of kidney cancer could also increase your risk. Tell us if someone in your immediate or extended family had kidney cancer. If this is the case, we may take additional precautions to reduce your risk and keep you proactive about your overall health. For questions or concerns about kidney function and health, call us Affiliated Urologists today!

Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or visit for instructions on scheduling an appointment.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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