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Kidney Cancer Awareness Week 6-12 February 2017

by | Jan 17, 2017 | Events News

Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland are pleased to announce that Monday 6 February to the 12 February will be Kidney Cancer Awareness Week 2017 across the United Kingdom.
Despite being the eighth most common cancer in the UK: the seventh most common in men and the tenth in women, kidney cancer remains a relatively unheard of.  Each year, in the UK 12,500 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer and it accounts for three per cent of all new diagnoses. Forty-two per cent of kidney cancer cases are linked to major lifestyle factors; including smoking and obesity.
In Kidney Cancer Awareness Week, Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland will publish the findings of its 2016 Kidney Cancer Patient Survey with the objective of increasing the nation’s awareness and improving conditions for those with kidney cancer. Drawing on data we will raise awareness of kidney cancer, the importance of early diagnosis, promoting awareness that kidney cancer is a silent killer and to be aware of the 10 signs of kidney cancer:

  1. Blood in the urine
  2. Persistent low back pain
  3. Pain in the side, between the ribs and hipbone
  4. A lump or mass in the area of the kidneys
  5. Persistent high temperature
  6. Night sweats
  7. High blood pressure (hypertension)
  8. Tiredness
  9. Weight loss
  10. Loss of appetite

As well as the publication of the survey, an online social media campaign will run in the weeks leading up to, and on the day with special messaging using the hashtag #KCAD2016 so everyone can instantly join the online conversation. A special Kidney Cancer Awareness Day ‘twibbon’ will be available for people to show their support on social media.
With this Kidney Cancer Awareness Week we want everyone to unite in the fight against kidney cancer, start a conversation and keep talking and will ask the question; What will you do to ‘Make some noise about kidney cancer’ in Kidney Cancer Awareness Week 2017? and use the social media hashtag #KCAW2017
Through this simple act we can make a difference and save lives.
We ask everyone to please support Kidney Cancer Awareness Week.
More details to follow.

<a href="" target="_self">Malcolm Packer</a>

Malcolm Packer

Malcolm is Chief Executive Officer at Kidney Cancer UK and Kidney Cancer Scotland and has worked with the charity in various capacities for over 15 years.