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Early Detection Means Better Outcomes for Kidney Patients

Every year an estimated 35 million people die from kidney disease-related complications. Without timely diagnosis and treatment, this number could continue to rise. 

That’s why World Kidney Day, observed on March 9, brings together people from across the globe to raise awareness about the prevalence of chronic kidney disease and the importance of establishing early detection as an international priority. 

About Chronic Kidney Disease  

Chronic kidney disease is a non-communicable disease marked by gradual damage to the kidneys that can continue for months or years. The damage caused can eventually result in the body being unable to properly filter blood. Without a timely and accurate diagnosis, patients may experience serious and non-reversible progression, even kidney failure, which is fatal without intervention.  

Detection is tricky, however, because chronic kidney disease often progresses silently. Patients may experience few, if any, symptoms, especially in early stages. The disease can thus continue unabated, further impairing kidney function. 

Detection & Treatment for Better Outcomes 

When chronic kidney disease is detected and treated early, however, deterioration of the kidney function can be slowed, even halted. This fact is critical given that there is currently no cure for chronic kidney disease.  

On World Kidney Day, advocates strive to highlight the life-changing value of early detection and treatment. With chronic kidney disease impacting one in 10 people across the globe, now is the time to make awareness, detection and treatment access international priorities – on March 9 and every other day.