March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month Print
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Written by Linda Cox   
Monday, 27 February 2012 14:15

The Governor of Illinois has proclaimed March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.  The Kidney Cancer Association has also proclaimed March Kidney Cancer Awareness Month INTERNATIONALLY. 

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012 64,770 new cases of kidney cancer (40,250 men and 24,520 women) would occur and about 13,570 people (8,650 men and 4,920 women) would die from this disease.

The nation/world needs to be educated regarding this disease. PLEASE consider writing an article in the month of March listing the symptoms of kidney cancer.

  • Signs and Symptoms Associated with Kidney Cancer:
  • Blood in urine.
  • Pain in the back just below the ribs.
  • A mass that can be felt.
  • Unexplained weight loss which can sometimes be rapid.                                           
  • Intermittent fevers or night sweats.
  • Fatigue and lethargy.
  • Fever that is not associated with a cold or the flu.
  • Pain in other parts of the body if the cancer has spread.


While kidney cancer normally affects men over 55, more young people are being diagnosed.  Kidney cancer is the sixth most common cancer and the tenth most common cause of cancer death for men.  It is the eight most common cause of cancer for women. The five-year relative survival rate (percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases) of people with kidney cancer is about 69%.


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