Kidney cancer symptoms: Seven signs YOU could be suffering with the disease

The disease can be cured if it is caught early, but few people know the symptoms of the disease.

An estimated 20,000 kidney cancer cases have been caused by obesity over the last decade in England, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK projections show that by 2035 rates could increase by a further 26 per cent in the UK, making kidney one of the fastest growing cancer types.

Around a quarter - 24 per cent - of kidney cancer cases are linked to carrying excess weight, and 24 per cent are linked to smoking.

In many cases, experts warn there are no obvious symptoms of the condition.

However the main three signs are:

Blood in pee - this can cause urine to be darker than normal or reddish in colour

Pain in the lower back or side - just below the ribs is also an indicator of the disease.

A lump or swelling in your side could also be a warning sign. However, experts warn kidney cancer can be too small to feel.


There are other symptoms of the condition although some can be mistaken for urinary tract infections, or kidney stones.

These can include extreme tiredness, loss of appetite and persistent high blood pressure.

Night sweats can also be an indicator of the condition.

Some people suffer bone pain, men can find the veins in their testicles swell up and the disease can trigger swollen glands in the neck.

People who believe could have symptoms of kidney cancer should see their GP.

Every year there are around 11,900 cases of kidney cancer in the UK - 7,400 cases in men and 4,500 cases diagnosed in women.

Every year about 4,300 people die from the disease.

Cancer Research UK warns that just under half - 42 per cent - of kidney cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors including obesity and smoking.

Research has also found kidney cancer risk is 23 per cent higher per 10cm height increment. Risk is also higher in people with diabetes.