Kidney Cancer Symptoms And Causes – Know When To Be Concerned
Also termed as renal cancer,kidney cancer can be fatal when not diagnosed early and treated accordingly.
It is common for people to ignore most kidney cancer symptoms, but our doctors are here to answer your questions. Talk to your primary care physician at Parkchester Medical right away if you have any concerns.
WHAT EXACTLY IS KIDNEY CANCER?
Our bodies contain two bean-shaped organs known as kidneys. They are approximately the size of a closed fist size and are found in the lower abdomen area on each side of the lower spine. They are responsible for cleaning blood and removing waste products through urine.
Kidney cancer is when kidney cells become more malignant and grow out of control, forming tumor(s). Nearly all kidney cancers first appear in tubules (lining of tiny tubes) inside the kidney. Renal cell carcinoma is also another term given to such cancer.
Fortunately, modern systems are able to detect forms of kidney cancerearlier than before. When cancers of any kinds spread and metastasize to other organs, they become more difficult to treat. If caught early, kidney cancers are easier to treat as well.
Make an appointment here at Parkchester Medical to get yourself checked for any kidney cancer symptoms.
WHAT CAUSES RENAL/KIDNEY CANCER?
Truthfully, doctors do not know the exact causes of kidney or renal cancer. However, it is known that kidney cancer starts with mutations in DNA.
These mutations cause kidney cells to grow and divide rapidly. These rapidly growing cells form a tumor that can sometimes extend past the kidney. Some part of this tumor breaks off (metastasize) to other distant parts of the body making things even worse.
RISK FACTORS FOR KIDNEY CANCER
Some commonly known risk factors with kidney cancer include:
OLD AGE AND AGING CELLS
People over the age of 50 are at a higher risk for kidney cancer. This is because older cells in the kidney are more likely to mutate and form tumors.
Obesity and elevated BMI (Body Mass Index) has its own set of health risks, but combined with other chronic conditionscan cause further complications, including kidney cancer.
HYPERTENSION (HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE)
People with uncontrolled high blood pressure or hypertension are also considered to be more prone to kidney cancer.
Some people who are born with specific inherited syndromes are also more likely to develop kidney cancer.
FAMILY HISTORY OF KIDNEY CANCER
LONG TERM KIDNEY DIALYSIS
EXPOSURE TO SPECIFIC SUBSTANCES AT WORKPLACES
People who work in certain conditions where they’re exposed to substances such as cadmium or other common herbicides, can be at a higher risk of developing kidney cancer.
Statistically, males are twice as likely to develop kidney cancer than females.
KIDNEY CANCER PREVENTION:
Quitting smoking can greatly reduce the risk of kidney cancer. Many solutions that can help you quit smoking exist in the world today. Begin a support program or start medications and nicotine replacements to quit smoking. Your doctor at Parkchester Medical will also suggest some good solutions.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BODY AND WEIGHT REMAIN ACTIVE AND EXERCISE
CONTROL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE WITH CONSISTENT MEDICATION
Call Parkchester Medical for an appointment and discuss any concerns with your primary care physician.