Renal Cancer usually occurs after the age of 50. Men are twice as likely than women to develop renal cancer. Unfortunately, there are no particular symptoms in early stages. However, in case there is any change in the urine color because of the presence of blood, any sensation of heaviness or mild deep pain in the area of the kidneys, you should visit your Urologist without any delay. Other symptoms along the progression of the disease are low-grade fever (LGF) and fatigue. Renal Ultrasound (U/S) is the first diagnostic screening to provide necessary information.
Preventive measures that may reduce the risk for renal cancer are listed below:
- Avoid or give up smoking. Smokers run twice as high risk for renal cancer compared to non-smokers.
- Maintain normal body weight. Obesity, particularly in women, is a known risk factor for renal cancer. About 25% of newly diagnosed renal cancer cases in the European Union are attributed to obesity.
- Avoid excessive consumption of meat, dairy products, fat or proteins. Adopt a healthy nutrition containing more fruit and vegetables.
- Control your blood pressure. Maintain your blood pressure at normal levels and cut down on salt in your food.
- Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals, such as asbestos, cadmium and benzene. If working in an environment where you are exposed to noxious chemicals, always use the appopriate protective equipment (gloves, masks).