Chronic Kidney Disease and Cancer are connected in a number of ways in both directions: Cancer can lead to patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease either directly or indirectly through the adverse effects of therapies. Similarly, Chronic Kidney Disease may be a risk factor for Cancer suggested research published in the Journal of Nephrology. The reason that Chronic Kidney Disease and Cancer appear to be associated is likely due to the fact that they share common risk factors - often toxins. Once Chronic Kidney Disease patients begin Dialysis, the risk of Cancer increases 10% to 80% according to studies. What's more, compared with the general population, Kidney Transplant recipients have a three-fold to four-fold increase in overall Cancer risk. Even more surprising, there is emerging evidence for an excess risk of Cancer in patients in early stages of Chronic Kidney Disease. Hence, since prevention is always the best medicine, use the following insights to help limit your risk of acquiring Cancer:
Recommended Reading: CKD and Diabetics Should Know That Sitting Too Much Contributes To Cancers And More
Dr. Germaine Wong said, "Cancer in a patient with Chronic Kidney Disease is a bad prognosis." Try the following prevention measures:
1. Try to reduce your consumption of Saturated Fat and Red Meat: Both Saturated Fat and Red Meat appear to increase the risk of Colon and Prostate cancers. Limit your intake of charbroiled foods (especially meat), and avoid deep-fried foods. Instead, try to eat fish two to three times a week to protect against Heart Disease and you may reduce your risk of Prostate Cancer as well.
2. Maintain as healthy a weight as you can: Maintaining a healthy weight might lower the risk of various types of Cancer, including Cancer of the Breast, Prostate, Lung, Colon, and Kidney (your Kidneys can still have Cancer even if they have limited or no function). Limited physical activity such as leg lifts, sweeping, walking around the block and more, count too! "Adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits," according to the Mayo Clinic. In addition to helping you control your weight, staying as active as possible on its own might lower the risk of Breast Cancer and Colon Cancer.
3.) Protect yourself from the sun: Skin Cancer is one of the most common kinds of Cancer — and one of the most preventable. Try to avoid midday sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest. Also, when Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are outdoors, they should attempt to stay in the shade as much as possible. Sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats help. If you do have to travel outside on hot days, cover exposed areas by wearing tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. If patients opt for bright or dark colors, they reflect more ultraviolet radiation than pastels or bleached cotton. Since Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are already at a higher risk of Cancer, they should avoid tanning beds and sunlamps because they are just as damaging as natural sunlight. Finally, patients should let their Healthcare Team know that they only want to conduct medical imaging studies when absolutely needed.
4. Consider talking with your Healthcare Team about taking low-dose aspirin: Studies have suggested that those who take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs appear to have a lower risk of Colon Cancer and possibly Prostate Cancer. It is an unproven benefit, and aspirin can produce gastric bleeding and other side effects, even in low doses. On the plus side, low-dose aspirin can potentially protect Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients from Heart Attacks (the leading cause of death) and the most common type of stroke.
5. Are you getting enough Vitamin D?: Many experts now recommend 800 to 1,000 IU of Vitamin D a day - a goal that's nearly impossible to attain without taking a supplement. Evidence has suggested that vitamin D may help reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer, and other Malignancies (a cancerous growth). Discuss taking Vitamin D and amounts with your Healthcare Team.
6. Get regular Cancer Screenings: Often Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients do not think to be screened for Cancer. However, they should be since they are at an elevated risk of contracting the disease. Regular screenings for various types of Cancers such as Skin, Colon, Cervix and Breast, can increase the chances of discovering Cancer early - when treatment is most likely to be successful. Ask your Nephrologist about the best Cancer Screening schedule for you.
Recommended Reading: Misinformation About Cancer Affecting The Chronic Kidney Disease Community
How are you taking Cancer prevention into your own hands? Have you ever had a Cancer scare? Share your responses with the nearly 72,000 Friends at the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan page (click here). Moreover, consider following the over 3 million annual visitors to KidneyBuzz.com for your Number One (#1) source of Daily News, Information, Impact Meals, Inspirational Quotes, and Tailored Products and Services which teach Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure patients how to better manage and improve their lives.