Do you know the kidney is one of the most vital organs in the human body? The kidney is very sacrosanct and once it is affected, the entire body system will also be affected.
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist. They are located just below the rib cage, one on each side of your spine. Healthy kidneys filter about a half cup of blood every minute, removing wastes and extra water to make urine.
What is kidney cancer?
Kidney cancer is also called renal cancer. It is a disease in which kidney cells become malignant (cancerous) and grow out of control, forming a tumor. Studies have shown that the most common type of kidney cancer among adult is called renal cell carcinoma.
Research has shown that kidney cancer cases seems to be increasing over the years. Kidney cancer can be discovered in its early stage when it is still small and confined to the kidney.
What are the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer?
When the cells of your kidney begins to duplicate abnormally, there are different signs and symptoms your body will begin to give you. Some of them include:
1. Loss of appetite.
2. Weight loss.
3. Low red blood cell count (anemia).
5. Low back pain on one side.
6. Blood in the urine.
7. Fever and tiredness.
What are the risk factors?
There are certain things that can increase your risk of developing kidney cancer. Some of them include: age, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, treatment of kidney failure, family history, certain inherited syndromes, etc.
Your diet and lifestyle can go a long way to cause kidney cancer. Please avoid too much intake of these things to avoid kidney cancer.
1. Smoking of tobacco products
Smoking tobacco doubles the risk of developing kidney cancer. It is believed to cause about 30% of kidney cancers in men and about 25% in women.Smoking can seriously harm the kidneys in a number of ways. It can: increase your risk of developing some kidney cancers. damage your heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular system), leading to poor blood flow to the kidneys and causing kidney damage over time.
When your lungs absorb many of the cancer causing chemicals and toxins in the tobacco smoke, it enters the bloodstream. Since it is the kidney that handles blood filtration, there become concentrated there and cause kidney cancer.
2. Too much intake of pain killers
People who regularly take painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen may be at higher risk of kidney cancer, according to new research. The findings suggest that the longer someone uses such drugs, called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs, the higher their risk of kidney
Studies have shown that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can triple the risk of renal cell cancer in both gender. Please always follow the doctor’s prescription when taking drugs.
Regular heavy drinking has been found to double the risk chronic kidney disease, which does not go away over time. Even higher risk of kidney problems has been found for heavy drinkers who also smoke.
Too much intake of alcohol is not healthy for the body and you need to seriously avoid it. Excessive intake of alcohol causes changes in the function of the kidneys and make them less able to filter the blood. Too much alcohol due to the presence of ethanol can disrupt the kidney function and cause kidney cancer hence avoid them.
If you care for your life and want to live long, please adhere to the tips of this article.
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