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Obesity fuelling kidney cancer rise

30th March 2012

The number of kidney cancer cases diagnosed in Britain has risen sharply with obesity highlighted as a key factor.

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Figures from Cancer Research UK have found that cases rose from about 2,300 in 1975 to almost 9,000 in 2009 and it is now the eighth most common cancer in this country.

With obesity increasing kidney cancer risk by about 70% - compared to smoking which increased it by about 50% - the charity fears that not enough people fully understand the cancer risk of being overweight.

Professor Tim Eisen, a Cancer Research UK kidney cancer expert based at the University of Cambridge, said: “Over the last 10 years, Cancer Research UK has helped to develop new drugs which destroy the blood supply to the kidney cancers. These drugs control the disease in most patients but do not cure it.

“It is best to prevent the problem in the first place - maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking are the best ways of doing that.”

Kidney cancer can be cured by surgery if diagnosed early enough. Blood in the urine can be an early sign.

Five-year survival rate for kidney cancer has increased by 85% between the early 1970s and 2005-09.

However, Sara Hiom, director of information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Too few people know about the significant cancer risks associated with being very overweight.

“While giving up smoking remains the best way to cut your chances of developing kidney cancer, the importance of keeping a healthy weight shouldn't be overlooked.”

 

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Anonymous

Thursday 19th July 2012 @ 12:18

Is not necessary to be obese to have kidney stones... unfortunately... They have now this medical tourism offer for lithotripsy at a clinic in Romania, is only 150 euro per ultrasound session and involves no surgery... i hope is an interesting news for those who have problems


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