Will the cyst on my kidney turn into cancer?
The doctor says I have a cyst on my kidney but did not explain what to do or why I got it. Will it turn into cancer? I had renal failure (caused by a drug) 30 years ago and am now in good health. I take medicines for blood pressure and rosacea. Thank you.
Renal experts explain that simple kidney cysts are common and benign (not cancerous). For as-yet-undiscovered reasons, people who develop these cysts often have high blood pressure, too. Simple kidney cysts are not inherited.
Most cause no symptoms and are harmless to the kidney. Treatment may be needed if a cyst becomes infected or enlarged. Nearly 30 percent of people over age 70 have at least one simple kidney cyst, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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