Kidney cancer or renal cancer occurs when the kidney cells become cancerous

Our kidneys play an important role in cleaning blood, removing waste products and making urine

However, kidney cancers if detected early can be successfully treated. People who are obese, smokers, have advanced kidney disease

World Kidney Cancer Day, an annual celebration to spread awareness around the deadly cancer, is being observed on July 16 this year

It accounts for approximately 85% of neoplasms arising from the kidney," says Dr. Sanjeev Gulati, Principal Director, Nephrology & Kidney Transplant

Neoplasm is an abnormal mass of tissue that forms when cells grow and divide more than they should or do not die when they should

Reasons: Blood in urine, a lump like formation in side of abdomen, appetite loss, persistent pain in one side, weight loss for no apparent reason

If the kidney cancer has spread further in the body, it may lead to symptoms like shortness of breath, bone pain or coughing blood