- When kidney cancer is in the early stages, it’s unlikely you’ll experience any obvious symptoms. Noticeable symptoms typically develop when the disease has metastasized (or spread to other areas of the body).
- Common symptoms of advanced kidney cancer are a noticeable lump in the abdomen, lower back pain, blood in the urine (hematuria), fatigue, anemia, unexpected weight loss, loss of appetite, fever, and swollen legs, ankles, and/or vein in the scrotum (in men).
- It is possible to find kidney cancer early, however, it’s more commonly found when it has reached a more advanced stage.
No matter your age, it’s important to be informed about dangerous illnesses, such as kidney cancer, which is a disease anyone can develop. Approximately 73,750 new cases of kidney cancer were diagnosed in 2020, with 14,830 people dying annually from the disease.
Stay informed by reading about the 12 most common signs and symptoms of kidney cancer…
Advanced Kidney Cancer Signs
Cancer Research UK points out, “Kidney cancer is called advanced if it has spread to another part of the body.” It’s also sometimes referred to as secondary cancer or metastasis. An individual can be diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer, or it may come back or spread some time after you receive treatment, notes the source.
Healthline also points out that unfortunately when kidney cancer is in the early stages it’s unlikely you’ll experience any obvious symptoms. “Noticeable symptoms are often a sign that the disease has metastasized,” says the source.
The most common signs of advanced kidney cancer are blood in the urine, pain in one side of the lower back, a noticeable lump in the back or side, weight loss, fatigue, fever, and swelling of the ankles. Let’s take a closer look at these signs next.