Other Names: Malignant neoplasm of the kidney
Nature: Adult kidney cancer has no known cause and may be discovered incidentally through examinations for other conditions. It is often widespread when initially found. Recent scientific understanding points to a genetic cause, more so than other cancers.
Background: Adult kidney cancer is detected in one of three ways: Patients have blood in the urine, with or without a mass and /or pain in their flank; an abnormality is seen on an abdominal CAT scan or renal ultrasound; or the patient has signs of metastases, and a search for a primary source leads to the diagnosis of renal cancer.
Incidence: Childhood kidney cancer, know as Wilm's tumour, occurs primarily in children younger than seven. At least 30 percent of Wilm's tumour cases are caused by inherited factors.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 01.05.2000 – 00:00 CEST