Cancer symptoms: Five early warning signs that you might have kidney cancer

Cancer symptoms: Five early warning signs that you might have kidney cancer

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1/11/2022 4:33:00 PM

Cancer symptoms: Five early warning signs that you might have kidney cancer

KIDNEY CANCER, also known as renal cell cancer, accounts for four percent of all cancer cases in the UK. With cases of kidney cancer on the rise, what are the early signs that could help you catch it early?

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Some early signs can be harder to spot in older people because symptoms like back pain and fatigue are often dismissed as side effects of ageing.Unexplained weight lossLosing weight is not often something that comes naturally to people, so it can be a cause for concern when it happens without any effort at all.

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(Image: GETTY) Cancer symptoms: Kidney cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK (Image: GETTY) Stroke: The surprising drink that may ‘halve’ your risk What are the earliest signs of kidney cancer? According to Cancer Research UK, kidney cancer is most commonly found in people aged 75 or over, accounting for around a third of new cases each year. Some early signs can be harder to spot in older people because symptoms like back pain and fatigue are often dismissed as side effects of ageing. Unexplained weight loss Losing weight is not often something that comes naturally to people, so it can be a cause for concern when it happens without any effort at all. Unexplained weight loss is a key characteristic of nearly all cancers and is one of the most common signs of kidney cancer. As the tumour spreads to other organs, clusters of cancerous cells can affect the digestive processes or the production of hormones in your body, resulting in a loss of appetite. This can leave you feeling uninterested in eating and lead to weight loss. Cancer symptoms: Lower back pain is persistent when caused by kidney cancer (Image: GETTY) Blood in urine One of the most common signs of kidney cancer is blood in the urine - medically known as haematuria. This isn’t always easy to spot, as some urine can present as pink or brown rather than bright red, so look out for darker urine as well as reddish hues. Blood in your urine might not appear consistently, but you should make note of how often it does happen in order to aid a potential diagnosis. Spotting blood in your urine doesn’t always mean you have cancer - there are several other common causes of bloody urine, including: Kidney infection