by Wood D

Screening for Kidney Cancer

Screening is a way to evaluate people without symptoms to determine if they are at risk for cancer or have already developed cancer.
Screening involves:
  • An assessment of your medical history and lifestyle habits that may increase your risk of kidney cancer
  • Tests to identify early signs of kidney cancer

Screening Guidelines

Screening is recommended only for people with certain risk factors, such as Von Hippel-Lindau disease or those receiving dialysis .

Screening Tests

CT scan —This is a type of x-ray that uses a computer to produce cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.
MRI scan —This test uses magnetic waves to produce images of the inside of the body. Using a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer, an MRI produces 2D and 3D pictures.
Ultrasound —This test uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.

References

About kidney cancer. Kidney Cancer Association website. Available at: http://www.kidneycancer.org/knowledge/learn/about-kidney-cancer . Updated January 29, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.

Kidney cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/kidneycancer/index . Accessed June 20, 2013.

Kidney cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/kidney . Accessed June 20, 2013.

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