Carcinoma is one of the categories of cancer. Carcinoma is a type of cancer that begins in the epithelial cells of your body. These are the cells that line the surface of your organs and skin. Epithelial cells also line your airways and digestive tract
Renal cell carcinoma is a type of carcinoma. It is also a type of kidney cancer. In fact, renal cell carcinoma is the most common form of kidney cancer. It accounts for about 85% of all kidney cancer cases.
Renal cell carcinoma begins in the cells that are located in the lining of extremely small tubes (tubules) in your kidneys. These tiny tubules clean and filter your blood by producing urine and removing waste products.
Renal cell carcinoma develops when defects (mutations) develop in the cells of the tubules of your kidneys. These cells multiply and grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor or tumors as a result of these defects. However, what causes these mutations to occur is not known.
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing renal cell carcinoma. Some of these include:
- A family history of this disease
- Dialysis treatment for kidney failure
- Von Hippel-Lindau disease
- Being a man
- Being over the age of 50.
One of the problems with renal cell carcinoma is that it may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. When you do experience signs and symptoms, it may already be at an advanced stage. Signs and symptoms that you may have are:
- Blood in your urine
- Enlargement or swelling of your abdomen
- Abdominal pain
- Unintentional weight loss that may amount to more than 5% of your body weight
- Varicocele (enlargement of the veins around a testicle)
- Urine that is rusty, dark or brown colored
- Pain in your side or flank
- Back pain
- Emaciated, thin, malnourished appearance
- Excessive hair growth in women
- Vision abnormalities
- Intolerance of cold
- Pale skin color.
You or a loved one may have renal cell carcinoma. Renal cell carcinoma and/or complications that have resulted from this disease may be the reason for your disability and need of financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be considering applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by renal cell carcinoma and/or complications that have resulted from this disease. You or your loved one may have already applied, and your claim was rejected by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one has decided to reapply or appeal the denial, be sure and take this important fact into consideration. The simple truth is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer fighting for them.
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