Kidney Cancer Awareness Month
March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about this disease that affects tens of thousands of Americans each year. Kidney cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys, two bean-shaped organs located in the back of the abdomen that filter waste and extra fluid from the blood. At Pennsylvania Cancer Spcialists & Research Institute, we want to use this month to educate people about kidney cancer, its symptoms, and treatment options.
Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
In the early stages, kidney cancer often does not cause any symptoms. As the cancer grows, the following symptoms may appear:
Blood in the urine
Pain in the side or back that does not go away
A lump or mass in the side or back
- Loss of appetite
If you experience any of these symptoms, seeing a doctor as soon as possible is important.
Early detection and treatment are key to successful outcomes.
Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer
Some people are at a higher risk of developing kidney cancer than others. The following are common risk factors:
Age: Kidney cancer is more common in people over the age of 60.
Smoking: Smokers are at a higher risk of developing kidney cancer than non-smokers.
Obesity: Obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including kidney cancer.
High Blood Pressure: People with high blood pressure are at a higher risk of developing cancer.
Family History: If a close family member has had kidney cancer, your risk of developing the disease is higher.
Treatment Options for Kidney Cancer
There are several treatment options for kidney cancer, depending on the stage and location of the cancer:
Surgery: Surgery is the most common treatment for kidney cancer. In some cases, only part of the kidney needs to be removed.
Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that helps the body's immune system fight cancer cells.
Targeted therapy: Targeted therapy uses drugs to target specific genes or proteins that are involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells.
At Pennsylvania Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, our experienced specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.
A diagnosis of kidney cancer can be overwhelming, but it is important to remember that there is hope. Advances in cancer treatment have led to better outcomes and longer survival rates for people with kidney cancer. By raising awareness about kidney cancer and supporting research, we can continue to make progress in the fight against this disease.
During Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, let's pledge to come together to raise awareness about this disease and support those who are affected by it. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against kidney cancer.