Wilms Tumor is a form of kidney cancer that primarily develops in children. Nearly all cases of Wilms Tumor are diagnosed before the age of 10, with two-thirds being found before age 5. Wilms' tumor most often occurs in just one kidney, though it can sometimes be found in both kidneys at the same time.
All cancers happen when cells in your body start to grow out of control. If your child has a Wilms Tumor, their kidney cells didn’t grow like they should have. Instead, they turned into cancer cells.
Signs and Symptoms of Wilms Tumor include :
Blood in the Urine
Loss of Appetite
Shortness of Breath
High blood Pressure
Nausea or Vomiting or both
Factors that may increase the Risk of Wilms' Tumor include :
Age : Most children who get this type of cancer are between 3 and 5 years old.
Family History : If someone in your family has had a Wilms tumor, the odds are higher that your child will get it, too.
Birth Defects Can include :
Testicles that haven’t dropped (cryptorchidism)
A total or partial lack of the colored area of the eye (aniridia)
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