The London Clinic, 120 Harley Street, London, W1G 7JW
Kidney cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK, but it is a condition that many people are unaware of before they are diagnosed with it. Raising awareness of kidney cancer is important because it is vital for people to be able to seek treatment as soon as possible. As with any form of cancer, the earlier that it is diagnosed, the better the chances that the treatment will be a success. You should therefore be aware of the signs that you should visit a consultant urologist in London to get tested for kidney cancer. You can also protect yourself by using the following advice to reduce your risk of kidney cancer.
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Reducing the Risk of Kidney Cancer

Although some of the risk factors for kidney cancer, such as a family history of the disease, are unavoidable, there are some simple things you can do to reduce your chances of being affected. The best ways to protect yourself against kidney care are to:

  • Lose any excess weight
  • Give up or avoid smoking
  • Keep your blood pressure down by eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, exercising regularly and seeking treatment if it gets too high

All of these will also help to improve your general health and to protect you against other forms of cancer too, including bladder and lung cancer.

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

The most characteristic signs of kidney cancer can include:

  • Blood in your urine, which may appear red or as a darker brown colour
  • Pain in your side or lower back
  • A lump or swelling in your side

Other symptoms can include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Swelling of the veins in the testicles, for men

If you notice any of these symptoms then it is important to see a doctor right away, just in case they are being caused by cancer. You can see your GP or go straight to a consultant urologist in London for specialist tests. The consultant urologist may recommend surgery, radiotherapy or other treatments if the diagnosis of kidney cancer is conformed.
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