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MAR 21st 2014

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month: Know The Facts And Risk Factors

MAR 21st 2014
Kidney Cancer Awareness Month: Know The Facts And Risk Factors

In recognition of Kidney Cancer Awareness Month this March, here’s a brief guide to the facts, risk factors and prevention tips for kidney cancer.

Kidney Cancer Facts
Kidney cancer forms in the tissues of the kidneys – either in the lining of small tubes in the kidney or in the center of the organ, where urine is collected.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 65,000 people in the U.S. were expected to be diagnosed with kidney cancer last year, and 13,860 people will die.

Kidney Cancer Risk Factors
You’re more likely to get kidney cancer if:

  • You have high blood pressure.
  • You have a family history of kidney cancer.
  • You smoke.
  • You’ve been exposed to asbestos.
  • You’re overweight.
  • You’re male. (Twice as likely to get kidney cancer as a female.)

Kidney Cancer Prevention Tips
Cutting back on risky health and lifestyle habits is your best bet.

Quit smoking, and avoid asbestos and cadmium at work, if possible. And, avoid obesity and high blood pressure by eating right – we know, fruits and veggies aren’t always appealing. But they really can help.

To find out about more cancer awareness months throughout the year, click to read this article.

Talk to us in the comments! What are you doing to recognize Kidney Cancer Awareness Month?

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