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Patients with asbestos-related kidney cancer will always have an underlying disease such as asbestosis or pleural effusion, even if they don't show symptoms or it was overlooked in the diagnosis phase

Year 1 survival rate

Year 5 survival rate

10 Year survival rate

Occupational exposure to asbestos for long periods of time may lead to kidney cancer. How does it happen?

Inhalation

People who worked with asbestos would regularly breathe in toxic fibers

Ingestion

Asbestos fibers can also be found in contaminated foods or water

Kidney cancer can be cured in up to 50% of cases when it is discovered in its early stages. Look out for symptoms!

Loss of
Appetite
Anemia
Lower Back
Pain
Unexplained
Weight Loss
Lump in
Abdomen
Fever
High Blood
Pressure
Blood in
Urine
Swelling

Kidney cancer patients represented by Environmental Litigation Group received an average amount of $71, 246 from asbestos trust funds.

84%

Stage I

Tumor smaller than 7cm
81%
92%

Stage II

Tumor is bigger than 7cm
73%
56%

Stage III

Invaded the adrenal gland
59%
6%

Stage IV

Spread to other organs
7%

Survival rate for women at stage of diagnosis

Survival rate for men at stage of diagnosis

Numerous autopsies have shown the presence of asbestos fibers in the urinary tract of kidney cancer patients.

Estimate Treatment Costs

Estimate Treatment Costs

  • $67,200

    Kidney Surgery
  • $30,000

    Chemotherapy
  • $15,300

    Radiation Therapy
  • $2,000

    Biological Therapy

Surgical Treatment Options

Surgical Treatment Options

  • $67,200

    Kidney Surgery
  • $30,000

    Chemotherapy

The average cost of kidney cancer surgery is $67,200

Early detection

$37,000 / patient

VS

Advanced stage

$67,000 / patient

Most kidney cancers are diagnosed at an early stage!

More common in Caucasian people than in other races/ethnicities

64 is the median age of diagnosis

14,400 people die of kidney cancer yearly

63,990 new cases are diagnosed every year

Sometimes, kidney cancer will not show any symptoms. When the disease is asymptomatic, doctors call it "the silent killer".

1 in 87 women develops kidney cancer

1 in 63 people develops kidney cancer

1 in 52 men develops kidney cancer

24% of cases could be prevented if everyone had a healthy weight

Regular screenings could save 25,000 lives in the U.S. each year.

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