Your kidneys are an important part of your urinary tract. Their main job is to make urine by removing waste and extra water from your blood before sending this liquid into your bladder. They help regulate your blood pressure and control your calcium metabolism. As a result, they ensure your body is filtering toxins and retaining healthy blood cells, vitamins and minerals.

According to The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates, in the United States about 73,820 new cases of kidney cancer will occur. This breakdown is estimated at 44,120 new cases in men and 29,700 new cases in women. Although it occurs more often in people of older age, kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancer for both men and women.

In honor of Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, Jennifer Linehan, MD, a board-certified urologist, and associate professor of the Center for Urology and Urologic Oncology at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute, discusses the symptoms, diagnoses, risk factors, treatment options, and more in our video series.

Watch the short video series to learn more about kidney cancer

What are kidney cancer symptoms?

How is kidney cancer diagnosed?

Who is at risk for kidney cancer and can it be prevented?

What types of treatments are available for patients?

Are there any new advances on the horizon for kidney cancer?

What is the difference between a kidney tumor and kidney cysts?

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our kidney cancer treatment options.



About the Author

Fariba Ahdoot

Fariba Ahdoot is the Marketing Manager, Website and Digital Strategy, at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute. She interviews the physicians and researchers to provide useful content for patients, caregivers, and the community.