Sometimes described as "The Silent Killer' Chronic Kidney Disease doesn't enjoy the same level of awareness as other important causes...and when you consider these facts, it is blindingly obvious we should all take time for a check up.
- 1 in 3 Australian adults are at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease, while 1 in 9 already has at least one indicator of existing kidney disease.
- Over 50 people die each day from kidney related disease.
- Kidney disease is the 10th biggest killer of Australians, killing more people each year than car accidents, suicide and breast cancer.
- In 2010, disease of the kidney and urinary system contributed to 13.5% of all Australian death.
- For people with chronic kidney disease, the risk of dying from cardiovascular events is 20 times greater than requiring dialysis or transplantation.
- Dialysis and transplant services costs the health system almost $1 billion per annum.
- You can lose up to 90% of your kidney function before experiencing symptoms.
- 2,257 people started kidney replacement therapy (dialysis or transplant) in 2010.
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