A few things have caught my interest this week, including this research on kidney cancer. A very early study has shown that two proteins in your urine (called aquaporin-1 and adipophilin) may act as markers of kidney cancer. This study only looked at 42 people with kidney cancer, so it will need to be repeated with an awful lot more people to see if it is true (or not).
If you are looking for general information on kidneys or kidney disease then the Edinburgh Renal Unit (EdRen) is a great place to start. Kidney Research UK has a lot of good information, including information on kidney cancer. About 2% of cancers in the UK are kidney cancers and it tends to affect people between 50-70 years old, the exception to this is Wilm’s tumour that usually affects children in the first 5 years of life.
Other Sources of Information on Kidney Cancer
- Cancer Research UK – Kidney Cancer
- NHS Choices – Kidney Cancer
- Macmillan – Kidney Cancer
- AICR – Kidney Cancer FAQs
- Kidney Cancer Support Network
If you know of any other websites that I should add to this list, please let me know.