Today, June 21 is World Kidney Cancer Day.
Kidney cancer is one of the world’s fastest growing cancer and men are twice likely to get it as women.
It is diagnosed in over 338,000 people worldwide every year. Kidney cancer is the 12th most common cancer in the world, the same numbers as pancreatic cancer. Fewer than 1 in 20 people with cancer have kidney cancer, meaning that it is quite a rare disease.
Kidney cancer describes all tumours that form in the kidney. But not all kidney cancers are the same. It’s important to know the type of kidney cancer you have. Cancers that come from the lining of the ureter, the tube that runs down from the kidney to the bladder, are typically more like bladder cancers, and so are usually not called kidney cancer.
Mutations that cause cancer usually accumulate during our lifetime, so like most cancers, kidney cancer tends to occur in older people. The average age of people found to have kidney cancer is 55 years. Kidney cancer is rare in children.
Kidney cancers begin small and can grow larger over time. It usually grows as a single mass but more than one tumour may occur in one or both kidneys. If kidney cancer is treated in its early stages it is most likely to be cured.
For all conditions it’s always better you get tested to be sure of what it is. Don’t assume using the symptoms just get to a reputable clinic or hospital. See a doctor and get screened.
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