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Kidney Cancerhot!Tooltip 02/09/2011 Hits: 15255
The organs and tissues of the body are made up of tiny building blocks called cells. Cancer is a disease of these cells. Rather than dividing in a normal and controlled manner, cancer cells are abnormal cells which carry on dividing and develop into a malignant tumour.Each year, about 6200 people in the UK are diagnosed with kidney (renal cell) cancer. It affects more men than women and becomes more common as people get older. It is rare for people under 40 to get kidney cancer, but there is an uncommon type (Wilms’ tumour – also known as nephroblastoma) that affects very young children.Cancer of the kidney isn’t infectious and can’t be passed on to other people. Usually only one kidney is affected.