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Kidney cancer is fairly rare in the US. It's a "silent" disease because it doesn't usually have any symptoms in the early stages. But people can take steps to lower their risk. To estimate your risk of kidney cancer, take about 2 to 3 minutes to answer some questions about your health, lifestyle and personal background.

To access your Kidney Cancer Risk completely, at ScienceofLife we have produced a general questionnaire with a fair knowledge of risk Factors and related knowlegebase.

Questionnaire : To estimate your risk of kidney cancer, take about 2 to 3 minutes to answer some questions about your health, lifestyle and personal background. Please fill in these questions to access your risk of Kidney Cancer.

1. What is your sex?  
 2. What is your age?    
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3. What is your height?
 
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4. What is you weight?    
5. Have you ever had any type of cancer (except  for non-melanoma skin cancer)?  
6. Do you smoke cigarettes? 
 No, I never smoked cigarettes
 I used to smoke cigarettes, but I quit
 Yes
7. Has your brother, sister or parent ever had bladder cancer?  

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Risk factors : Most scientists agree that these things affect the risk of kidney cancer. Some may apply to you, but others may not.

Age and kidney cancer : The risk of kidney cancer goes up with age. Over 90 percent of cases are diagnosed after age 45. The average age kidney cancer is found is 66.

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Sex and kidney cancer : Men have a greater risk of kidney cancer than women, although it's not exactly clear why. It could be due to genetics; differences in certain lifestyle factors, like smoking; or a combination of the two.

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Weight and kidney cancer : People who maintain a healthy weight have a lower risk of kidney cancer. Scientists aren't sure why. People who maintain a healthy weight also have a lower risk of colon cancer, diabetes, and stroke. And women have a lower risk of breast cancer and uterine cancer.

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Smoking cigarettes and kidney cancer : People who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of kidney cancer. When they inhale, chemicals filter into their urine. Urine is made in the kidneys. The chemicals cause cells in the kidneys to become cancerous. People who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of cancers of the bladder, kidney, pancreas, lip, mouth, tongue, larynx, throat, and esophagus. Women who smoke have a higher risk of cervical cancer. People who smoke even have a higher risk of other diseases like diabetes, bone loss (osteoporosis), emphysema and bronchitis!

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Family history and kidney cancer :  People who have a mother, father, brother, or sister with kidney cancer have a higher risk of the disease. This is because some kidney cancer is linked to mutations in the genetic structure (DNA) of the body's cells. These mutations can be passed on from generation to generation. With many diseases, people who have a family history have a higher risk. A family history raises the risk of several cancers like breast, prostate, bladder, kidney, pancreatic and skin cancer. It also raises the risk of diabetes, bone loss (osteoporosis) and stroke.

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Fact Analysis

What is kidney cancer? Kidney cancer occurs when cells in the kidney grow out of control. The cells clump together and form a malignant (cancerous) tumor. The most common type of kidney cancer is called renal cell cancer. The kidneys are bean-shaped organs in the midsection of the body, above the waist. People have 2 kidneys, one on each side of their spine. Kidneys make urine, which is carried to the bladder by 2 tubes called ureters. The bladder stores urine until it leaves the body.

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How common is kidney cancer? About 31,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year.

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Who is at risk of getting kidney cancer? Anyone can get kidney cancer, but it usually strikes people over age 50. And the risk goes up with age. People with a family history of kidney cancer have a higher risk.

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How do you lower your risk of kidney cancer?

  • Quit smoking
  • Try to achieve and maintain a healthy weight

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What is the screening test? There is no good screening test to find kidney cancer in its early stages. If you're concerned about kidney cancer, talk to a doctor about your risk.

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What are the symptoms of kidney cancer? In its earliest stages, kidney cancer may have no symptoms. But as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Frequent fevers
  • A pain in the side that won't go away
  • Anemia (low number of red blood cells) or high blood pressure

These symptoms may also be caused by something less serious. Only a doctor can know for sure. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to a doctor.

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