Kidney Cancer and Diabetes
Is There a Link Between Kidney Cancer and Diabetes?
Evidence linking diabetes and kidney cancer has grown stronger over the past decade, leading researchers to investigate the reasons behind these links.
Kidney cancer is a disease in which kidney cells become cancerous and grow into a tumor.
Most kidney cancers are found before they spread to distant organs. Caught early , they can usually be treated successfully. Tumors can grow large if not detected.
This year, the American Cancer Society reports there will be at least 64,000 new cases of kidney cancer, affecting mostly men. Up to 15,000 people could die this year from this type of cancer.
Diabetes is a group of diseases resulting in high blood glucose (too much sugar in the blood). As of 2014, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) reports 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes both diagnosed and undiagnosed.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the two most common forms of diabetes, but there are other kinds, including one which occurs during pregnancy. Up to 95 percent of diabetics have type 2, according to NIDDK.
You are more likely to have type 2 if you are 45 or older, have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight and inactive. Other health problems, such as high blood pressure, also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is just one of the many risk factors for kidney cancer. Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, and family history are also potential risk factors, among others.
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