What are the symptoms of stage 1 kidney cancer?

Stage 1 kidney cancer may not actually cause any symptoms. Because the tumor is generally still small and hasn't yet spread elsewhere in the body, stage 1 kidney cancer can sometimes go unnoticed. Often, kidney cancer may not cause noticeable symptoms until the disease has progressed. The first symptom of stage 1 kidney cancer that people generally notice is blood in their urine, which may cause urine to turn pink, brown, or red. Another common early symptom is a pain in your side, right below the ribs. Sometimes, stage 1 kidney cancer may cause a lump in your abdomen that can be felt from the outside, although this generally doesn't happen till later stages when the tumor grows large enough to be felt. As the cancer progresses, other symptoms like weight loss, fever, and fatigue may occur.

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Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer

Uncommon in individuals under the age of 45, renal cell carcinoma affects our bodys natural filtration system, the kidneys.The most common type of kidney cancer, renal cell carcinoma typically begins as a small tumor that grows la...

rger over time. Although the cancer doesnt always cause immediate symptoms, see your doctor immediately if you notice blood in your urine, a key warning sign called hematuria. Although 3 other kidney cancers exist, renal cell carcinoma accounts for 9 out of 10 cases. You have a higher risk of developing a kidney cancer if you have an advanced kidney disease or a family history of kidney cancer, are exposed to certain chemicals like asbestos or have certain genetic conditions. Kidney cancer is often found by accident; this is because tumors can grow large without causing symptoms and small tumors can be difficult to see in CT scans or MRIs. Still, if youre at risk for this cancer, a CT scan or MRI may help a doctor catch the cancer early.
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