Let’s talk about Kidney Cancer

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Our kidneys are bean shaped organs in our bodies.  Every day our kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out approximately 2 quarts of waste and water.  This waste and water becomes our urine.  Most everyone is born with 2 kidneys.

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Here are the risk factors of kidney cancer:

  • Smoking– if you currently smoke, please stop 
  • Obesity
  • Having a relative that had kidney cancer
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having advanced kidney disease, especially if you are on dialysis
  • Taking “water pills” /diuretics
  • Workplaces that expose you to certain chemicals/ herbicides and solvents.

Here are some warning signs of kidney/renal cancer:

  • Bloody urine (medical term: hematuria)
  • Weight loss
  • A consistent fever
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Low back pain in the kidney area
  • A mass or lump in the back or side area
  • Anemia
  • Loss of appetite/ not hungry

If you have any of these signs, please see your doctor immediately to be check out.

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