Signs of Kidney Cancer
Although it doesn’t always draw as much attention as other types of cancer, kidney cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers, especially among people over 55. Over 14,000 Americans will die from the disease this year, but with advancing treatments, many more will extend their life and vitality.
The key, as is the case with most cancers, is to catch the disease early – although many symptoms don’t show up until advanced stages, there are some suspicious physical signs to watch out for that could indicate kidney cancer.
1. Blood in the Urine
Are your trips to the toilet beginning to worry you? Blood in the urine (or hematuria) is the most common symptom of kidney cancer, though this could point to a less serious condition, as well. Blood doesn’t always make urine look bright red – a pink, orange or muddy color can also indicate hematuria, and in other cases, there is such a small amount of blood that only a lab analysis will be able to detect it. In turn, it’s important to see a doctor if you notice a change in the color of your urine along with any signs of inflammation or pain in the kidney area or the bladder.