We all have heard of renal failure due to chronic kidney disease. There are also cases of acute renal failure, when the kidney fails due to some sudden shock. But not many of us are aware of renal cancer. There is a reason for that. Renal cancer is rare in our country, in fact so much so that there is still not much information available. In Asia, the incidence rate is as low as 6 people per 100,000. The rate is higher in males, with the male: female ratio being 2.5:1.
What is renal cancer?
There are many kinds of renal cancers. The most common type is the one which affects the cells lining the small tubules within the kidneys. This is the renal cell carcinoma or the renal adenocarcinoma, and is slowly starting to feature on the fundraising websites in India. There is the transitional cell cancer and the rarer kind known as renal sarcomas. In children, the Wilm’s tumour is the most common type.
A 2005 study conducted by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) found that there is a link between kidney cancer and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Also, many patients throughout the world have been found to develop renal cancer after prolonged hemodialysis.
Though children too have been found to develop renal cancer, the most vulnerable group worldwide is formed by those between the ages of 50 and 70. It is also more common in African American men than in any other group. The exact causes of this type of cancer are yet to be determined. 80% of the number of people who have been studied in India have been found to be tobacco consumers. Hypertension and obesity too have been identified as risk factors.
Now, what role can crowdfunding play in this? A lot actually.
- Cancer crowdfunding for renal cancer can increase the awareness about the disease. This condition is rare in India, and what makes things worse is the lack of proper medical equipment available to treat it. Renal cancer happens to be a disease which has a very good chance of survival if caught early on.
- The most common form of treatment is surgery. But the treatment of renal cancer in India costs anything between Rs. 2,00,000 to Rs. 5,00,000. Cancer in India contributes to inter-generational penury. So any kind of cancer deserves attention from the donor community.
All you need to do is to set up your crowdfunding profile on thecrowdfunding platforms in India with a convincing story along with the appropriate illustrations and documents. India has always been generous when it comes to medical issues, and with the dedicated support teams in the platform, the process becomes easier.