Screening is a way to evaluate people without symptoms to determine if they are at risk for cancer or have already developed cancer.

Screening involves:

  • An assessment of your medical history and lifestyle habits that may increase your risk of kidney cancer
  • Tests to identify early signs of kidney cancer

Screening is recommended only for people with certain risk factors, such as Von Hippel-Lindau disease or those receiving dialysis.

CT scan —This is a type of x-ray that uses a computer to produce cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.

MRI scan —This test uses magnetic waves to produce images of the inside of the body. Using a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer, an MRI produces 2D and 3D pictures.

Ultrasound —This test uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.