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When is World Kidney Cancer Day 2024? Know causes, symptoms and treatment and more about this deadly disease

Know about World Kidney Cancer Day 2024 and delve into causes, symptoms, treatments, and vital insights about this challenging illness. Stay informed to raise awareness and support for those affected.

Written By: Muskan Gupta @guptamuskan_ New Delhi Published on: June 19, 2024 14:59 IST
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Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, is a serious health concern affecting thousands of people worldwide. Every year, on the second Thursday of June, World Kidney Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness about this disease, its causes, symptoms, and available treatments. In 2024, World Kidney Cancer Day falls on June 20. It is an important reminder to educate ourselves about kidney cancer, its symptoms, and the steps we can take to reduce our risk and support those affected by the disease. Here's all you need to know about the deadly disease, Kidney Cancer.

Causes of Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the kidneys begin to grow uncontrollably. While the exact cause of kidney cancer isn’t always clear, several risk factors increase the likelihood of developing this disease. These include smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, certain genetic conditions, and long-term dialysis treatment.

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

In its early stages, kidney cancer may not cause noticeable symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, common symptoms may include blood in the urine (haematuria), persistent pain in the back or side, a lump or mass in the abdomen, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and intermittent fevers.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Kidney Cancer

Early detection of kidney cancer significantly improves treatment outcomes. If kidney cancer is suspected based on symptoms or routine screenings, diagnostic tests such as imaging scans (like CT scans or MRIs) and biopsies may be conducted to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment options for kidney cancer depend on factors such as the stage and extent of the disease, as well as the patient’s overall health. Common treatments include surgery to remove the tumour (partial or complete nephrectomy), targeted therapy using drugs that target specific molecules involved in cancer growth, immunotherapy to boost the body's immune response against cancer cells, and in some cases, radiation therapy.

Prevention and Awareness of Kidney Cancer

While not all cases of kidney cancer can be prevented, adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, managing high blood pressure, and avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals. Regular health check-ups and screenings are also crucial, especially for individuals with a family history of kidney cancer or other risk factors.

By raising awareness and promoting early detection and treatment, we can strive towards better outcomes for individuals battling kidney cancer worldwide. On June 13th, let us join together to spread awareness and support efforts to improve kidney cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment globally.

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