Although kidney cancer is relatively rare, there are several types of cancer that can develop in the kidneys. For adults, the most common type of cancer is renal cell carcinoma which begins in the tiny tubes, called tubules, in the kidneys. The kidneys can also develop transitional cell carcinoma. For children, the most common type of kidney cancer is called Wilms' tumor.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 51,000 people are diagnosed each year with kidney cancer but it is extremely curable. With early detection, the survival rate for renal cell carcinoma ranges from 80 to 100 percent.
Kidney cancer is most often detected during screening or procedures for other diseases or conditions. The urologists at Loma Linda University Medical Center recommend checking with your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in the urine
- Lump in the abdomen
- Persisting pain in the side
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
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