What is Kidney Cancer? (Symptoms and Signs)

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 60,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year and some 14,000 people will die from this disease. The average age of people when they are diagnosed is 64. As with the majority of cancers, early diagnosis can dramatically improve chances for survival.

Although the prognosis of kidney cancer is relatively poor in advanced cases where the cancer has metastasized, promising new treatments are improving the outlook for patients.

 

What are signs or symptoms of kidney cancer?

In its early stages, kidney cancer rarely causes any visible signs or symptoms. Most of the time RCC (renal cell cancer) is found incidentally, during physical examinations for other problems, by imaging studies such as ultrasound, CAT scan or MRI.

The most common sign of kidney cancer (both renal cell and transitional cell cancers) in later stages is blood in the urine (hematuria). However in many cases, blood in the urine does not mean you have kidney cancer. Blood in the urine can be a sign of many conditions, including kidney stones, prostate problems, urinary tract infections or a non-cancerous cyst on the kidney.

Other symptoms of kidney cancer may include:

  • Abdominal Mass – a mass located in the area of the kidneys discovered during an examination
  • Anemia – low red blood cell count
  • Fatigue
  • Fever – not caused by cold or flu
  • Unexplained weight loss, often rapid
  • Flank pain – Pain which is located on one side of the body between the upper abdomen and the back

Experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above does not necessarily mean that you have kidney cancer. As with most diseases, many of these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get checked by your doctor or healthcare professional to identify the cause and get treatment if necessary.

See below for updated news and information regarding Kidney Cancer including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

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