For Killing 14,240 People
Also known as renal cancer, this cancer is one of the top 10 most frequent cancer. Cancer is caused by a rapidly fast growth of cells in the body. In this cancer it happens in the kidney, creating a tumor there. Kidneys are bean-shaped organs, about the size of a fist. One kidney is located on each side of the backbone; one to the right and one to the left. Their job is to control our blood pressure and to make sure our body has enough red blood cells. Although this cancer starts in the Kidney, like any other cancer it can spread to the rest of the body.
Blood in the urine, low back pain on one side, a mass on the side of the lower back, fatigue, anemia, weight loss, and a fever that does not go away are all signs of Kidney cancer. If you or anyone you know of are experiencing any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately.
Who Is At Risk
Renal cancer is found in both men and women. Of the 62,700 cases of Kidney cancer a year, 39,650 are men and 23,050 are women. Additionally, this cancer has killed 14,240 people. 9,40 of them being men and 5,000 of them being women.
Risk Factors/ Preventions
Someone who smokes and or is obese have a greater risk of developing Kidney Cancer. Also, where you wrok can affect your chances of getting this cancer. Herbicides, organic solvents, or cadmium are substances that can cause the development of this cancer. This cancer can also be inherited. To prevent this cancer exercise, maintain a healthy diet, do not expose yourself to harmful substances, and do not smoke.
Blood and urine tests can give doctors an idea of what your symptoms are showing. If they feel that you need further testing, they will have you do imaging tests. This may include an ultrasound or a CT. Imaging tests allow the doctor to see the tumor if present.
For stages 1,2, and 3 surgery will most likely be done. The cancer is only in the kidney still so depending on the location the surgeon will either take out a part or the whole kidney. A human can live with only one kidney. If the cancer is stage 4, this most likely means the cancer has spread out to other parts of the body. Surgery may still be a possibility, but depending on the patient they will have to go through therapies such as radiation or embolism.