It's aggressive and lethal. Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) a.k.a Kidney Cancer has claimed the lives of many worldwide. The American Cancer Society's numbers for 2016 report 62,700 plus new cases will occur (39,650 in men, 23,050 in women.)
There are many theories and risk factors as to why patients are diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma, some of them being:
- Taking substantial amounts of OTC (over the counter) medications/NSAIDS.
- Substantial sodium solvent intakes e.g., "Alka Seltzer" for sinus/headaches.
- Exposure to chemicals such as asbestos, cadmium, etc.
- Various Inherited Conditions.
Even though my late father smoked, his oncologists informed us after their research that the main culprits of his diagnosis were large sodium deposits and his exposure to fuel fumes and other chemicals during his time in the Air Force during Vietnam. The cigarettes did play a part, but an extremely minor one in this case.
March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month - so wear your orange and with pride for this cause. All cancer forms are to be treated as lethal, and much awareness has been brought to breast and pancreatic cancers - for good reason. The reason for RCC awareness is that its prognoses are new, on the rise, and much research needs to be done to help its patients who are not only looking for a cure, but also a long life ahead.
I can not thank the oncologists at the University of Michigan enough for extending my father's life. We were not expecting him to live as long as he did post-diagnosis. Just think what we can do for other patients just receiving theirs, if we support RCC research.
With these words, our Friday Foto, our reason for not only this post, but this whole blogsite:
Have a great weekend, everyone and do not forget to visit the Kidney Cancer Association website to learn more and/or how you can take action.