Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Kidney
Symptoms of kidney cancer do not usually appear in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms of kidney cancer do appear, they affect different
individuals in different ways, but generally include
As the disease progresses, the individual may begin to notice a growing flank mass as the cancer
grows larger and starts to crowd other organs and tissues.
Kidney cancer accounts for about 85% of kidney related cancers. It is in fact the most
common form of kidney cancer that affects adults. The most common type is known as renal cell carcinoma. More than
30,000 individuals are diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma each year.
Kidney cancer risk factors are not the same as kidney cancer symptoms, but anyone in the
following groups would be considered to be at higher risk for kidney cancer.
obese persons (women seem to be at a higher risk than men)
those who work near or are exposed to petroleum products, asbestos, heavy metals, coke-oven emissions
and certain kinds of solvents.
Other risk factors for kidney cancer include tuberous sclerosis, family history of cancer
(especially renal cancer), Von Hippel-Lindau disease, cystic kidney disease that is associated with chronic
renal insufficiency and cystic changes in kidney dialysis.