Nile Rodgers has revealed he recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his kidney but now his “prognosis is 100% recovery”.
Writing on his blog, the CHIC singer said doctors discovered the growth while he was in hospital receiving treatment for E.coli.
The 65-year-old, who was previously successfully treated for prostate cancer, said: “Unlike my reaction to my first Big-C diagnosis seven years ago, I was more relaxed, analytic and calm. I was surrounded by professionalism and empathy which gave me a surprising sense of inner peace.
“After the last seven years of amazing life, I would have never believed that my body would be invaded by another cancer. Cancer really? I’m done. 2018 here I come.”
Like all cancers, the earlier kidney cancer is detected, the better chance there is of it being successfully treated. So in light of Nile’s news, here are the symptoms you need to know about, plus what happens next.
What causes kidney cancer and who is at risk?
“Kidney cancer starts in the kidneys – part of the body’s urinary system which filters waste products out of the blood and makes urine,” Celene Doherty, senior cancer information nurse at Cancer Research UK tells HuffPost UK.
According to the charity, kidney cancer is diagnosed more often in men than women and around 50% of kidney cancers are diagnosed in people aged 70 and over. The illness is rare in people under 50.
Smoking is also known to increase your risk of being diagnosed with kidney cancer.
What are the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer?
According to the NHS, there may be no obvious symptom of kidney cancer, meaning it is often detected when people are having tests for other illnesses, such as Nile Rogers’ was.
However, the most common symptom of kidney cancer is blood in your urine, which you may detect by noticing your urine is darker than usual.
Other symptoms can include:
:: A persistent pain in your lower back or side, just below your ribs
:: A lump or swelling in your side
:: Extreme tiredness
:: Loss of appetite and weight loss
:: Persistent high blood pressure
:: A high temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
:: Night sweats
:: In men, swelling of the veins in the testicles
:: Swollen glands in your neck
:: Bone pain
:: Coughing up blood
How is kidney cancer diagnosed and treated?
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Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec