Understanding Kidney Cancer

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I have patients that usually come in for urine tests because they suspect that they may have urinary tract infection and later on find out that they have kidney cancer.  Kidney cancer has very similar symptoms to UTI that’s why it’s very important to come in for testing when you do get UTI symptoms and not assume that it’s just another episode of urinary tract infection especially if you notice that you are getting it frequently.

The most common type of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma and it is caused by the mutation of the DNA of the kidney cells.  When these abnormal cells divide and grow at a rapid rate, the cancer cells can reach beyond your kidneys and affect other parts of the body.

There are some people who are predisposed to getting kidney cancer and we recommend a cancer screening once a year to be able to catch cancer in its early stages.  Kidney cancer is common among older people and chronic smokers.  People who are obese and those with high blood pressure or hypertension are also more at risk to getting kidney cancer.  If a patient has received treatment for kidney failure, their compromised kidneys makes them more at risk to getting kidney cancer so they will surely benefit from regular screening.  Patients with the hereditary condition called Von Hippel-Lindau disease have an increased likelihood of developing kidney cancer, as well as those with hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma so they should be pro-active and have their kidneys screened for cancer once a year.

Call us today at 972-403-5425 to schedule a consultation with a Collin County Urology expert to get a kidney cancer screening.

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