The purpose of this blog post is to provide a forum for people living with kidney cancer, also known
as renal cell carcinoma or RCC. We also hope to provide information for caregivers and family members as well as to help us raise awareness of kidney cancer.
Firstly what is kidney cancer? It is, in fact, the eighth most common cancer. Nearly 10,000 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer in the UK each year.
According to the UK’s NHS web site the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer can include:
Blood in your urine
A constant pain below your ribs
Lump/s in your stomach area
However, they suggest that around 50% of people with kidney cancer do not present symptoms at an early stage and the disease is diagnosed via tests for other things. But during my career as a researcher I was told that, in fact, the figure is closer to 80% but I’ve not been able to get confirmation of this. If you have any information could you share it in the comments box please?
As always if you are in any way concerned about these symptoms it is vital that you see a healthcare professional as soon as possible.