Kidney Res Clin Pract.  2019 Mar;38(1):60-70. 10.23876/j.krcp.18.0131.

Risk of cancer in pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease: A nationwide population-based study with a matched control group

  • 1Department of Biomedical Sciences, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Medical Statistics, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Kidney Research Institute, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Internal Medicine, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.


Cancer risk and epidemiology in pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) warrant further investigation in a large-scale cohort.
We performed a nationwide population-based study using the national health insurance database of Korea. We screened records from 18,936,885 individuals who received a national health examination ≥ 2 times from 2009 to 2016. Pre-dialysis CKD was identified based on serum creatinine and dipstick albuminuria results. Individuals with preexisting cancer history, renal replacement therapy, or transient CKD were excluded. A control group without evidence of kidney function impairment and matched for age, sex, low-income status, and smoking history was included. Risk of cancers, as identified in the claims database, was investigated using a multivariable Cox regression model including matched variables and other unmatched clinical characteristics as covariates.
A total of 471,758 people with pre-dialysis CKD and the same number of matched controls were included. Urinary (adjusted hazard ratio [HR], 1.97; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 1.82-2.13) and hematopoietic (adjusted HR, 1.53; 95% CI, 1.38-1.68) malignancy risk was increased in pre-dialysis CKD and all CKD stages. However, the risk of digestive cancer was lower in the pre-dialysis CKD group (adjusted HR, 0.89; 95% CI, 0.87-0.92). The risk of digestive, respiratory, thyroid, and prostate malignancy demonstrated a non-linear association with CKD stage, with stage 1 or stage 4/5 CKD without dialysis demonstrating relatively lower risk.
Cancer risk varied in pre-dialysis CKD compared to controls, and the association between cancer risk and CKD stage varied depending on the cancer type.


Cancer; Chronic kidney disease; Comorbidity; Epidemiology; Neoplasms
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