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Kidney Cancer Awareness 2014

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EVENT: San Francisco Marathon 2014

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THE STORY:

Kidney cancer is often not diagnosed until it has begun to spread, My charity's mission is to spread awareness and the importance of early diagnosis.In general, if the cancer is detected early, before it breaks through the outer covering of the kidney, the kidney cancer is often curable.

My mother is a kidney cancer survivor who had a growth removed last year. What is scary is that when Kidney Cancer is not diagnosed in early stages, it has a very high mortality rate. Kidney cancer represents about 3 percent of all cancers in the United States. Each year, more than 28,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer. The risk of kidney cancer increases with age. It is more common in men than in women.Because the exact cause of kidney cancer is not known, there is no known prevention. However, you may be able to reduce your risk by quitting smoking, and avoiding exposure to asbestos and cadmium.

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