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Kidney cancer


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Kidney cancer
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The scan done to help evaluate the cause of your shortness of breath revealed healthy lungs. But the image also captured your kidneys — and there, the news wasn't so positive. Your doctor said a mass was spotted and that it will require treatment.

A solid tumor in the kidney can represent a noncancerous (benign) growth or cancer. Kidney cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers in the United States, with the average age of diagnosis being 64. Renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of — kidney cancer, accounts for about 90 percent of kidney cancers and is unlikely to cause signs or symptoms in its early stages. About half of all kidney cancers are discovered incidentally — meaning they're found during tests performed for another reason.



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