There are three types of cancer of the kidney that occurs. They include adenocarcinoma, which is the most common, transitional cell carcinoma, that develop from the linings of the ducts that transfer urine and Wilm's tumor, that occurs in the first years of life. All of these tumors produce changes in the urine, pain over the location of the kidneys and the typical signs and symptoms of cancer.
Causes of Renal Cancer
The cause of these cancers probably is a mutation of one of the cells of the kidney. Smoking, chemical dyes and other carcinogens may increase the risk of kidney cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Renal Cancer
The early stages of kidney cancer often have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, painful urination develops. Blood in the urine develops. There is pain over the flanks and over the low back. Weight loss may occur.
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