Why people get UTUC
Several factors may increase your risk for UTUC, but it isn’t always possible to determine a cause.
Smoking is the most common risk factor for developing cancer, including low-grade UTUC. If you need help quitting smoking, talk to your doctor.
Getting older increases your chances of getting UTUC. Most cases of UTUC occur in people who are between 68 and 73 years of age.
Exposure to chemicals
People who work in certain jobs may have a higher risk of getting cancers like low-grade UTUC because of exposure to chemicals and hazardous substances.
Your chances of getting low-grade UTUC may increase if you and other family members had other types of cancer (colorectal or bladder cancer).