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What are urinary system cancers?

Urinary system cancers include cancer in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. When someone has cancer, extra, unneeded, abnormal cells in the affected part of their body mutate or change, then multiply and invade other body tissue. The body cannot control the growth of the abnormal cells in the same way it controls the growth of healthy cells, so the abnormal cells can multiply continuously and damage or destroy other body tissue. Sometimes, but not always, these abnormal cells create a mass of tissue known as a tumor.

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How do urinary system cancers affect the body?
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Do urinary system cancers affect men differently than women?
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What are the treatment options for urinary system cancers?
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