How common is urethral cancer?

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Urethral cancer is not common. More women than men have this rare form of cancer, and it is most often diagnosed in adults over the age of 50. The most common form of urethral cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, is found on the surface lining at the base of the urethra. Of the people diagnosed with urethral cancer each year, 80% of all men have squamous cell carcinoma and 60% of women have this same form of the disease.

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Urethral Cancer

A rare disease, urethral cancer can spread quickly throughout the body if not caught early.Affecting women more than men, this cancer causes cells in the lining of the urethra to grow abnormally. The urethra is responsible for car...

rying urine from the bladder to outside our bodies. Although there are three types of urethral cancer, the most common type is squamous cell carcinoma. This type of carcinoma typically develops near the bladder in women. The closer the cancer is to the bladder, the more difficult it is to treat and cure. Urethral cancer is often asymptomatic in the beginning. However, see your doctor right away if you notice blood in your urine, need to urinate often, feel pain when you urinate or have recurrent urinary tract infections.
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