The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs of the body positioned on either side of your spine, below your ribs and behind your belly. Your kidneys are about the size of your fist, each of the two kidneys is about 4 or 5 inches long. The kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood.
Other functions of the kidney include:
• The kidneys help pass out several waste products and get rid of them in the urine.
• It reabsorbs nutrients from the blood and moves them to where they would best support health.
• It helps in maintaining good pressure.
• The kidneys help keep a stable pH within the human body.
• The kidneys help maintain electrolyte levels.
The kidney as a delicate organ of the human body is exposed to the risk of cancer, that is kidney cancer.
Kidney cancer also referred to as renal cancer is a disease in which kidney cells become malignant (cancerous) and grow uncontrollably, thereby forming a tumour. Almost all kidney cancers first appear in the lining of tiny tubes (tubules) in the kidney. This type of kidney cancer is called renal cell carcinoma. Renal sarcoma is an uncommon type of kidney cancer that grows in the connective tissue of your kidney.
Some of the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer include;
• Low back pain on one side.
• Unexpected loss of weight.
• A mass (lump) on the side or lower back.
• Blood in the urine.
• Loss of appetite.
3 things you consume excessively that can lead to kidney cancer include.
Too much intake of sugar makes your body glucose level aggravate beyond the normal balance and can cause several symptoms and health risks such as kidney damage and increased kidney cancer risk.
Too much alcohol intake increases the risk of 6 common cancers and other diseases. Scientists think that alcohol consumption can directly damage DNA, increasing our risk of cancer.
3. Painkiller drugs
Intake of painkiller drugs like non-aspirin makes your risk of developing kidney cancer rise.
4. Intake of cigarette
Smoking cigarette increases your risk of developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The increased risk seems to be linked with the number of cigarettes you smoke. The risk reduces if you stop smoking, but it takes many years to get to the risk level of someone who never smoked.
Ensure you reduce your intake of these 4 things to prevent kidney cancer.
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