Facts about Kidney Cancer

Facts about Kidney Cancer

Kidney Cancer

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Though there are a number of risk factors for kidney cancer, no one actually understands what causes it. It usually develops in people over 40 years old. A few of the major risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Dialysis

There are rare cases of Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome where an abnormal VHL gene can increase your risk of developing kidney cancer and this runs in some families.

Other Kidney Cancer Risk Factors

Other risk factors include workers in industries that come in contact with certain chemicals and other substances at the workplace. Exposure to asbestos and cadmium has shown to cause kidney cancer. Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with it.

Annually, approximately 20,000 men and 12,000 women contract kidney cancer in the United States. If you are in a high risk group, then speak to your doctor about this and she can suggest ways to reduce your risks.

Each of us has two kidneys that are bean-shaped and about the size of your fist. They are located behind the abdomen on each side of the spine. Renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer but young children are more likely to develop a strain known as Wilms’ tumor. Research shows that the incidence of kidney cancer is increasing, but there’s no clear answer why.  Computerized tomography (CT scans) are most often used for diagnosis.

Call to Schedule an Appointment

Kidney Cancer

If you believe you may be at higher risk or if you have noticed symptoms of kidney cancer, then it’s best to contact Dr. Nancy Lobby at All Women Urology in Wellington, FL. Dr. Lobby is a noted urologist who deals with many women’s diseases. Her entire staff is mostly women so that patients can feel most comfortable coming in and speaking about their concerns and conditions.

Remember the old adage, “It’s better to be safe than sorry” and do call for a screening appointment if you are having any unusual symptoms. All Women Urology offers personalized care and treats a number of illnesses such as urinary tract infection, kidney stones, overactive bladder and kidney and bladder cancer.