The Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Community is quite aware of the connection between Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure and CKD. However, what is lesser known is the connection between CKD and cancer. Research published by the National Kidney Foundation, American Journal of Kidney Diseases has found that "the correlation between cancer mortality and kidney disease remained high..." in CKD patients. Renal Business Today reported on Wednesday December 18th, 2013 that, " Like Cardiovascular Disease, cancer is becoming a major cause of death in people with Chronic Kidney Disease," according to the lead researcher Germaine Wong, MD, University of Sydney.
The numbers suggest that people with CKD are at an increased risk of having cancer in the first place. What's worse is the fact that researchers found that CKD patients were 1.3 times more likely to die from cancers in general when compared to individuals without CKD. The number jumps to a 2.5 increase in cancer related deaths when looking specifically at urinary tract cancers. Dr. Wong said, "intervention to improve outcomes in patients with CKD and cancer is limited."
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A step that can be taken to help correct this growing and very serious concern for the CKD Community is to instate a much better screening process for CKD patients. This is a recommendation presented by the National Kidney Foundation and is supported by findings which reveal, "...we already know that women with CKD are less likely to be screened for cancer as a whole. So, their cancers may be more advanced before they receive treatment.”
What should also be reassuring for CKD patients is that cancer deaths in the general population are declining. Health Magazine just announced on Monday December 16th, 2013 that cancer death rates in men have decreased by 1.8% and 1.4% in women. Hence, you should not despair, research in this field is improving and raising awareness of the challenge in the CKD Community can positively affect your outcomes also. KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to stay vigilant by discussing your risk of cancer with your Nephrologists to determine if screening should be considered.
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