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Wilms' tumor or nephroblastoma is a tumor of the kidneys that typically occurs in children about 3 years old, rarely in children older than 15 years of age and adults. Its common name is an eponym, referring to Dr. Max Wilms, the German surgeon (1867–1918) who first described this kind of tumor. Approximately, 500 cases are diagnosed in the United States annually. The majority of cases (75%) occur in otherwise normal children; a minority (25%) is associated with other developmental abnormalities. Moreover, Wilms' tumor is relatively more common in blacks than in whites and is rare in East Asians. Estimates suggest 6-9 cases per million person years in whites, 3-4 cases per million person years in East Asians and more than 10 cases per million person years among black populations.  The Wilms' tumor is highly responsive to treatment, with about 90% of patients surviving at least five years.

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