Kidney Cancer

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Kidney Cancer

This year, an estimated 73,820 adults (44,120 men and 29,700 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with kidney cancer. Kidney cancer is the sixth most common cancer for men, and it is the eighth most common cancer for women. The disease is rarely found in people younger than 45. The average age of diagnosis is 64. It is estimated that 14,770 deaths (9,820 men and 4,950 women) from this disease will occur this year. Between 2007 and 2016, deaths from kidney cancer have decreased by 1% per year.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for people with kidney cancer is 75%. However, survival rates depend on several factors, including the type, cell type, and stage of the cancer when it is first diagnosed.

About two-thirds of people are diagnosed when the cancer is located only in the kidney. For this group, the 5-year survival rate is 93%. If kidney cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 69%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 12%.

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