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??