Quick Quiz: Kidney Cancer

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Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, is one of the top 10 most common cancers in both men and women in the United States.1 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 79,000 individuals (50,290 men and 28,710 women) will be diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2022, and approximately 13,920 individuals (8960 men and 4960 women) will die from the disease.1 Kidney cancer is most frequently diagnosed in individuals aged 65 to 74 years, and is uncommon in those younger than 45 years.1 The incidence of kidney cancer has been increasing for several decades, although this uptick in cases has slowed in recent years.2 Although experts are not certain what is causing this rise in incidence, many believe that it can be attributed in part to the use of more effective scanning techniques, which can detect the disease at an earlier stage. How much do you know about kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer is the sixth most common cancer in men and the ninth most common cancer in women.2 There are several types of kidney cancer.1,2 Renal-cell carcinoma, also known as renal-cell cancer or renal-cell adenocarcinoma, is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults, accounting for approximately 85% of cases.2 Urothelial carcinoma, also called transitional-cell carcinoma, accounts for 5% to 10% of adult kidney cancers.2 Wilms’ tumor, which accounts for up approximately 1% of cases, is the most common type of kidney cancer affecting children.2 The overall 5-year survival rate for kidney cancer is 76%; 93% for localized disease, 70% for regional disease, and 13% for distant disease.1,3 Public awareness of kidney cancer needs to remain a priority to increase survival rates and improve patient quality of life.

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