Five Myths and Facts of Kidney cancer

Myth 1: Blood in the urine is a sure indication of kidney cancer.

Fact: The presence of blood-colored urine is a symptom of kidney
cancer, but it can also indicate a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is
not cancerous. However, red-colored urine should never be ignored.

Myth 2: My kidneys are fine if I have no obvious discomfort like
difficulty urinating.
Fact: An absence of external symptoms does not mean a person does
not have kidney disease. As kidney conditions usually don’t manifest
symptoms until they are advanced. Do not ignore symptoms – speak
with your doctor or healthcare provider.

Myth 3: Smoking does not contribute to Kidney cancer.
Fact: Smoking doubles the risk of kidney cancer, which accounts for
about 30% of male kidney cancers and about 25% of female kidney

Myth 4: Women are at higher risk of developing kidney cancer.
Fact: The incidence of kidney cancer is roughly twice as high in men
as it is in women. However, studies have also found that women with
polycystic ovary syndrome (POS) have an increased risk of kidney
cancer because of elevated levels of androgens
Myth 5: Kidney cancer cannot be detected early.

Fact: Nowadays, kidney cancers can even be detected by routine
ultrasound and urine tests because people are more aware of their
health and have annual check-ups. Early detection leads to earlier
treatment and a longer life for the patient.

Dr.Sudip Shrestha
Founder & Executive Chairman Sr. Consultant Medical Oncologist Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Center

Designation: Founder and Chairman, Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist

Qualification: MBBS, MD, Post Graduate Training in Medical Oncology

Department: Medical Oncology

Special interest: Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Targeted Therapy, Precision Medicine

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