Kidneys In Distress: Hidden Symptoms Of Cancer That Few People Associate With Oncology
February 7, 2019 17:00 By Fabiosa
Many people don’t care about the dangers of cancer until they hear the terrible diagnosis. This sneaky disease can develop for the most unexpected reasons, such as having breast implants or flying by plane too often. Sometimes, it has unusual symptoms, like in the case of Charlotte Wittman. You’ve all heard of brain, lung, or breast cancer, but there are lesser known types of cancer as well, such as kidney cancer.
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This type is generally not diagnosed early on as it is practically devoid of alarming symptoms in its early stages. Later, kidney cancer manifests itself through:
- the presence of blood in the urine;
- constant pain in the side or back;
- loss of appetite;
- weight loss;
- severe fatigue;
- sudden changes in body temperature.
The main cause of cancer is a gene mutation at the cellular level, which can be inherited or acquired. The latter is caused by the effect of carcinogens on the body, in particular, ones found in tobacco smoke. Smoking, including second-hand smoking, increases the risk of kidney cancer because this organ has to filter blood, which gets saturated with harmful substances through breathing.
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Older people, as well as those suffering from obesity, lymphoma, hypertension, certain hereditary syndromes and conditions, and people abusing painkillers or working in hazardous industries, are all at risk.
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Along with clear symptoms of kidney cancer, there are hidden ones that many tend to ignore:
- an increase in diastolic (lower) pressure;
- abdominal pain on the right or left;
- swollen ankles;
- in males – swollen veins around the right testicle.
The fact that cancer has spread to other organs is indicated by inconsistent breathing, pain in the bones, and coughing up blood.
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Although this type of cancer cannot be identified by physical examination because of the anatomical location of the kidneys, it is quite treatable. It usually includes surgical removal of affected tissues and subsequent therapy, which can also be prescribed when surgery is contraindicated. Life expectancy after the treatment is quite high even among elderly patients.
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It is by far better to prevent the development of cancer by giving up bad habits and keeping your weight and blood pressure in check.
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If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with cancer, be sure to discuss the progressions of the disease, as well as possibilities and prospects of treatment with your doctor. Feel free to ask questions and find out about experimental medical programs in which you can participate. And, of course, listen to the signals your body gives you.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.