Many of the symptoms are general and may relate to a non-cancerous kidney or urinary tract problems.
Most kidney cancer does not cause pain until the advanced stages. Many people with kidney cancer are not aware they have a tumour until they have a test for another health problem.
Always talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms:
- blood in the urine – called haematuria
- changes in urine colour to dark, rusty or brown
- lower back pain which is not linked with an injury
- abdominal pain (belly area)
- a mass or lump in the belly or abdominal area
- constant tiredness
- rapid, unplanned weight loss
- fever which is not linked with any other conditions
- swelling of abdomen, outer body parts, e.g. ankles, legs and wrists and/or a testicle
- anaemia – low red blood cell count
Kidney Cancer Support Service – 1800 454 363 – or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about kidney cancer
Updated 12 December 2013