Despite the fact that kidney cancer is one of the 5 most common types of cancer affecting adults, it is one of the least types of cancer getting attention or awareness like skin, prostate or breast cancer.
It is estimated that about 55.000 American get diagnosed with kidney cancer every year and one in four of those cases die of the disease eventually.
When kidney cancer is brought up, a specific type of kidney cancer is usually what is referred to, renal cell carcinoma, or RCC which is the most common type of kidney cancer, it makes up for 85% of the cases approximately.
RCC appears as a tumor in the lining of the kidney tubules on MRI.
Just to summarize the importance of your kidneys. Your kidneys main function is to filter the blood of any waste products or toxins. It also helps in balancing the mineral and chemical composition levels in your blood. In addition to producing hormones that aid in digestion and encouraging the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. So yes your kidneys are very important for your overall well-being.
Here’s a list of the most common symptoms of kidney cancer to be aware of.
1- Blood in the Urine.
One of the most common symptoms of RCC is seeing blood in the urine. However this is a sign that the disease has already reached advanced stage. In the early stage of kidney cancer there is barely any symptoms noticed. The color of the blood can depend on the amount of bleeding. If there’s too much leading the color of blood in the urine can’t appear as bright red. But if it is slow bleeding and the blood has time to oxidize then the blood may appear brown, hence the color of the blood in the urine can’t be relied on to get a any clue.
2- Pain in the Back and Sides.
If you experience pain in your back and sides this could be another sign of kidney cancer. However this sign too can appear when the disease is in an advanced stage. The mass of the kidneys would have to get increased to press on other nearby organs or tissues and cause pain or pressure.
Feeling too tired all the time can be a sign of kidney cancer, however this is a very non-specific symptom to indicate kidney cancer, it could be attributed to several other health issues. Yet it is still important to mention it to your doctor especially if you are experiencing any other symptom on the list.
4- Weight Loss.
Your kidneys have an important role to play in Metabolism and digestion, if your body is suffering from any inability to break down food, dispose of it or metabolize it, you could be experiencing weight loss or loss of appetite.
5- Your Blood Is Not Balanced.
Kidney cancer can lead to imbalance of iron, electrolytes, calcium r there minerals that are important for your body. Kidney cancer can also cause other blood-related conditions. However it is not the only cause for blood-related issues.