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Smoking linked to kidney cancer, say experts

April 14, 2019 06:14 AM

COURTESY HT APRIL 14

Smoking linked to kidney cancer, say experts
LUCKNOW: Smoking was linked to kidney cancer, said experts at the two-day international conference ‘URO-ONCOCON’ that began at the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) on Saturday.

“The carcinogens that are inhaled during smoking get mixed in the blood stream and then have to be filtered by the kidneys, which face threat from the residue,” said Prof HS Pahwa, organising secretary of the event.

“It is due to this connection that we ask people with a family history of renal cancer and those with problems such as blood in urine, particularly if they smoke, to get themselves screened at an interval suggested by doctors,” he said.

The conference is being jointly organised by the KGMU and the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi. Over 100 experts from different parts of the world will participate in the event.

“There will be 21 guest lectures, three case-based panel discussions and 24 semi-live video presentations with operative steps,” said an official.

Earlier, Prof SN Sankhwar, head of urology at KGMU and the organising chairperson of the conference, had said that renal tumours constituted about 2-3% of all adult cancers. “It is the third most common tumour of the genito-urinary system,” he said.

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