Kidney Health Week: know the facts of a silent killer

6 March 2017: Ahead of Kidney Health Week from 5 March to 11 March 2017, HCF is calling on Australians to better understand kidney disease, a condition which kills more people each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer or even road traffic accidents.

Data shows 1.7 million Australians (1 in 10) have indicators of chronic kidney disease, yet less than 10 per cent of those are aware they have the condition.

It can be common for people to lose up to 90 per cent of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms. Two of the most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure; conditions which affect 1.7 million and over 4 million Australians respectively.

Dr Richard Phoon, Senior Staff Specialist in Nephrology at Westmead Hospital and HCF-elected Councillor says that due to one third of Australians being at increased risk of developing kidney disease, he hopes that people take action to protect their kidney health and clearly identify the symptoms.

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