Kidney cancer is treatable and has a 75-80% survival rate if caught early enough. At Associated Urologists of North Carolina, the team of board-certified urologists has considerable expertise in diagnosing kidney cancer and designing the most effective treatment program. The practice has seven convenient locations in Apex, Cary, Clayton, Clinton, Dunn, Raleigh, and Wake Forest, North Carolina, ready to screen you for kidney cancer and prevent you from being one of the 15,000 Americans who will die of the disease this year. Call Associated Urologists of North Carolina today.
Kidney cancer, also called renal cancer, is abnormal cell growth that occurs in your kidneys. The two most common types of kidney cancer are:
Causes of kidney cancer include:
Kidney cancer is rare in people under 45, and most people are around 64 when they get kidney cancer. It affects more men than women. Kidney cancer is in the top 10 of the leading kinds of cancer in the United States, but if diagnosed and treated early enough, survival rates are high.
Most often, you won’t experience any symptoms when you first develop kidney cancer. If you do start developing symptoms, they might include:
You might also start to get persistent pain in your side, abdomen, or back. If kidney cancer spreads outside the kidneys, you may experience other symptoms. For example, metastasized kidney cancer can show up in the lungs, causing shortness of breath and coughing up blood.
The personalized treatment plan your urologist at Associated Urologists of North Carolina creates for you takes into account factors like your age, your medical history and current health, the type of kidney cancer you have, and how far advanced it is.
Low-grade kidney cancer is less aggressive and less likely to metastasize. High-grade kidney cancer grows faster and spreads more readily. Some of your treatment options might include:
If you’re concerned about kidney cancer, call Associated Urologists of North Carolina today.