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Torfaen MP adds his name to kidney cancer awareness pledge


Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds has signed a pledge to raise awareness of kidney cancer at a parliamentary event this week. This follows news that 232 new cases of the disease were diagnosed in Wales alone in 2013.

Approximately 11,900 people in the UK are diagnosed with kidney cancer every year, making it the 7th most common cancer. Renal cell carcinoma is the most common form of kidney cancer, affecting approximately 90 per cent of patients with the condition.

Kidney cancer is on the rise in Wales with respective increases in numbers of new diagnoses of 51% for men and 53% for women. Incidence is increasing and mortality remains high for those diagnosed with advanced forms of the disease, however it is a low political priority.

Kidney Cancer UK’s campaigns call for people to act upon possible symptoms of kidney cancer such as blood in the urine, continuous pain under the ribs and the presence of any unexplained lumps. The major risk factors for kidney cancer include obesity, hypertension and smoking and so better lifestyle choices will also help reduce the impact.

Mr Thomas-Symonds said, ‘It is vital that we raise awareness of the symptoms of kidney cancer so that medical professionals can diagnose kidney cancer as early as possible. This rise in the number of cases of kidney cancer in Wales is something that we must be active in tackling to ensure that sufferers in Torfaen have the best possible chance of beating the disease.’

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