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Kidney cancer information

What is kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer occurs when a malignant tumor forms in the tissue of the kidney. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located on either side of the spine, protected by the lower ribcage. Their main function is to filter blood and remove excess water, salt and waste from the body. Although the body has two kidneys, only part of one kidney is necessary to function.

Kidney cancer incidence

According to the American Cancer Society, over 58,000 people were diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2010. The risk of developing kidney cancer is 1 in 67 people, with men having a higher risk than women.

Kidney (renal) cancer diagnosis

Video: Kidney (Renal) Cancer Diagnosis

Dr. Timothy McCay, a radiologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, explains how kidney cancer (also known as renal cell cancer) is diagnosed.
Types of kidney cancer

Learn about different types of kidney cancer.

Kidney cancer symptoms

Read about common kidney cancer symptoms.

Kidney cancer risk factors

Read about common risk factors for kidney cancer.

Stages of kidney cancer

Learn about the stages of kidney cancer.

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