Kidney Cancer

kidney cancer

What is Kidney cancer

Kidney cancer is a cancer that starts in the kidneys. Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas. To learn more about how cancers start and spread

Kidney, or renal, cancer refers to any type of cancer that involves the kidney.

What causes Kidney cancer

Older age, obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure increase the risk of developing kidney cancer.

Symptoms of Kidney cancer

Symptoms do not usually appear in the early stages of kidney cancer.

In the later stages, the person may experience:

  • blood in the urine
  • a lump or mass in the back, near the kidneys

Less often, there may be:

  • a continuous pain in the side, near the kidneys
  • a lump in the abdomen
  • anemia
  • constant fever and night sweats
  • tiredness or fatigue
  • weight loss and loss of appetite

Other conditions can lead to similar symptoms, so it is important to see a physician if any of these occur.