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By the Numbers - Kidney Cancer & Garth

WGarth Callaghan

Directly from the American Cancer Society Website:

Although many kidney cancers are found fairly early, while they are still confined to the kidney, others are found at a more advanced stage. There are a few reasons for this:

  • These cancers can sometimes become quite large without causing any pain or other problems.
  • Because the kidneys are deep inside the body, small kidney tumors cannot be seen or felt during a physical exam.
  • There are no recommended screening tests for kidney cancer in people who are not at increased risk.

Let's narrow this down:

  • About 1.6 million new cancer cases were detected in the USA in 2011.
  • About 60,920 new cases of kidney cancer (37,120 in men and 23,800 in women) will occur.
  • About 13,120 people (8,270 men and 4,850 women) will die from this disease.
  • The average age of people when they are diagnosed is 64.
  • Kidney cancer is very uncommon in people younger than age 45, and it most often occurs in people 55 and older.
  • I am 42!
  • Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in both men (#6) and women (#8).
  • My tumor was 13cm at it's largest point.  That's over 5 inches! 
  • My cancer was removed in December 2011. 
  • The average growth rate for kidney cancer is less than 1cm per year. 
  • Do the math!
  • Kidney Cancer Risk Factors CLICK HERE

How in the heck did this happen to me??