Blood In The Urine

Having blood mixed in the urine is a condition with the name hematuria. It is a common symptom of one type of cancer namely the kidney cancer. Nevertheless, this condition may also point out to another less severe health condition altogether.

A darkish red colored urine may indicate the occurrence of hematuria. However, bleeding in the kidney may cause a minimal amount of blood mixing with the urine. Hence, only a lab examination by doctors can identify the disease. Thus, it’s very vital to visit the doctor if you are experiencing a change in the color of the urine or any other unusual signs such as inflammation or pain in the bladder or kidney area. (1)

Unexplained Weight Loss 

Loss of weight without any explainable reason can be a result of something as simple as depression, stress or, both; it may signal a more serious illness. When you have cancer, and it affects the digestive system, which also includes the kidneys, the elimination, and processing, of waste, are affected.

Loss of appetite may also happen without you knowing it because you don’t just feel like eating even when you are angry. If you experience this or related symptoms, be sure to see the doctor for a checkup because it could be an indication of a developing kidney cancer.

Tumor Or Lump On Your Side

When a tumor develops in the kidney, muscles and the connective tissue can be pushed outward due to the growth. If a palpable lump or growth appears on either side of the body around the base of the ribcage, in your mid to lower back, or simply around the abdomen, it can indicate a tumor (a potential symptom of cancer). The pressure brought about by the tumor can lead to pain in the lower back or abdominal area.

History Of High Blood Pressure

Medical research done on symptoms of kidney cancer has shown that there is a connection between renal cell carcinoma and hypertension, well-known as high blood pressure. In a 2009 study, about 79.3 percent of people who have kidney cancer experienced high blood pressure. Also, cardiovascular disease is one of the risk factors for kidney cancer; and in the same study, the data presented suggest that renal cell carcinoma can bring about hypertension.

Persistent Fever

Temperatures naturally indicate that the immune system is working so hard to fight infection. Nevertheless, most fevers should disappear after some days and when the body already has the diseases under control. However, unending or persistent fever does not necessarily mean that you have kidney cancer. Nevertheless, it can be caused by other severe diseases. (2)

Nevertheless, it can be caused by other severe diseases. Thus, if you experience fevers that lingers without any identifiable cause such as flu or infection, it’s high time you looked for a medical doctor to examine your condition.

History Of Anemia

The kidney is a vital organ of the body. It also plays an essential role in the processes that lead to the creation of new red blood cells. Therefore, anemia is one of the commonest symptoms of kidney cancer. At the same time, it is a common indication that the kidney is not functioning properly. Anemia can mean two things; either the red blood cells (RBCs) count is low or too little hemoglobin in the RBCs them.

Food that is rich in iron can help treat anemia. When you have anemia, you will experience signs such as persistent fatigue or exhaustion/lack of energy, pale skin, frequent infections, skin rashes, light-headedness, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, diarrhea, dark urine, jaundice, smooth tongue and abdominal pain among others.

Loss Of Appetite

Besides feeling exhausted and crummy, kidney cancer or kidney disease can lead to uremia – a buildup of contaminants and toxins in the blood. It’s always common to experience vomiting and nausea with uremia. The queasiness of the stomach tends to make people with kidney cancer to feel full most of the time.


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