Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

The kidneys are extremely important organs that help to eliminate waste from the body. Any problem with the kidneys can be fatal for a person. It has been seen that kidney cancer is one of the most lethal diseases a person can suffer from. Therefore, it makes sense to educate yourself on the symptoms of kidney cancer. If the cancer is caught early, it can be treated effectively and the chances of survival increase.

There are many different kinds of kidney cancer. Some of them are renal cell carcinoma, Wilms' tumor, renal pelvis carcinoma, clear cell renal cell carcinoma and transitional cell carcinoma. Out of all these, the most common type is the renal cell carcinoma.

Even today medical science has not been able to figure out why the cancer develops. However, some factors such as smoking, obesity and chronic kidney are known to trigger kidney cancer in some people.

Usually, in the early stages, the cancer does not have noticeable symptoms. This is one of the reasons why it is difficult to detect it early. However, you will still have some symptoms that should make you suspicious enough to warrant a visit to a doctor. Here are some of the symptoms:

• Presence of blood in the urine
• Suffering from lower back pain
• Experiencing in the back, directly under the ribs
• Having elevated blood pressure
• Losing weight for no reason
• Fever
• Noticing lumps in the area where the kidneys are located
• Fatigue
• Swelling of the feet and ankles
• Appetite loss
• Confusion
• Night sweats
• Headaches

The first and foremost signs of kidney cancer are passing blood in the urine and having swelling of the legs. However, these signs may not necessarily mean that you have a malignant growth in your kidneys. Nonetheless, if you notice them, you should immediately consult a doctor.