Wilms’ tumor, also known as nephroblastoma, is a rare form of kidney cancer that affects young children. About 500 cases are diagnosed each year, generally at two to five years of age. If diagnosed and treated early, up to 95% of Wilms' tumor cases are curable.
The stage is set for Wilms’ tumor in the womb. As kidney cells mature in the fetus, they become specialized and form different regions of the kidney. Some of these cells are still immature at birth and continue to develop over the first three or four years of life. In Wilms’ tumor, however, the cells remain immature and begin to reproduce rapidly, forming a mass that can grow quite large before it produces any symptoms.
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