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"The staff at Kidney Cancer Northwest has been incredibly helpful through my entire kidney cancer ordeal. When I was diagnosed I thought that dealing with kidney cancer would just be too much. I can't say enough about the support they've given me."
Kimberly, Beaverton, OR

"I know that kidney cancer has a high survival rate, but it stilled scared the pants off me and my family when my wife was diagnosed. Thank you to Kidney Cancer Northwest for treating her and helping us get our lives back together."
Jermaine, Eugene, OR

"It is hard to realize how important a good doctor is until you're diagnosed with cancer. I don't wish it on anyone, but if it happens, go to Kidney Cancer Northwest."
Charlie, Bend, OR

Kidney Cancer Statistics 2010

New cases of kidney cancer: 58,000

Deaths from kidney cancer: 13,000

Men diagnosed with kidney cancer: 35,000

Women diagnosed with kidney cancer: 23,000

Survival rate for localized kidney cancer: 90.3%

Survival rate for metastasized kidney cancer: 10.6%

Kidney Cancer Health Watch

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

Many of the kidney cancer symptoms are related to the abdominal area, and are uncommon in relation to other diseases. This makes kidney cancer easier to diagnose than other cancers. In the early stages of kidney cancer, there may be few apparent symptoms. This is the case with many cancers, and is one of the reasons regular checkups with your doctor are so important. As a tumor on the kidney grows larger, more apparent and obvious symptoms may begin to appear.

Early Signs of Kidney Cancer

During the early stages of kidney cancer, kidney cancer signs may not be apparent. However, a tumor on the kidney may be growing, so it is important to pay attention to any kidney cancer signs that do appear. The early kidney cancer signs and symptoms include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss that occurs for no reason
  • Fever that lasts for weeks
  • Swelling in the ankles
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • A lump in the side or abdomen

While some of the symptoms occur in other conditions, and may not be the direct result of cancer of the kidney, it is still important to get them checked out by a medical professional. In many cases, symptoms of kidney cancer like blood in the urine can be indicative of several different medical conditions, almost all of which are serious.

Late State Kidney Cancer Symptoms

If you have any of the early symptoms of kidney cancer, see a doctor before the symptoms develop further. If you had no early stage symptoms, then it can be very difficult to diagnose a kidney tumor. The later stages of kidney cancer bring additional symptoms, including:

  • Bone pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing up blood

These symptoms normally only occur in patients who have entered the later stages of kidney cancer. If you experience these symptoms, schedule a visit with a doctor or with a kidney cancer specialist immediately. When a person has cancer of the kidney, lymphoma is also a possibility, so kidney cancer patients may also share symptoms with lymphoma patients.

Kidney Cancer Risk Factors

Although doctors and scientists do not know exactly what causes kidney cancer, they do know that certain risk factors can increase the chance that a person will develop kidney cancer. These risk factors cover a number of different things, including diets and previous illnesses.

Certain natural and choice lifestyle situation can increase a person's risk for kidney cancer, including smoking, being male, being obese (which also increases the risk of kidney stones), abusing pain medication for long periods of time, being black, and having a family history of kidney cancer.

Along with these kidney cancer risk factors, being exposed to certain workplace chemicals can also raise your susceptibility to kidney cancer. People who have advanced kidney diseases are also more likely to get kidney cancer. Some genetic conditions can also predispose a person to kidney disease.

Many of these risk factors are unavoidable, but not smoking, getting plenty of exercise, and eating right can all contribute to a healthy body. Having a healthy lifestyle greatly reduces a person's risk of getting kidney cancer or any other type of cancer, and can also help to speed up the treatment process.