Is there more than one kind of urethral cancer?


There is more than one kind of urethral cancer. Urethral cancer is categorized by the kind of cell the disease starts in and where the tumor is found. The types of urethral cancer by cell type include squamous cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, sarcoma, melanoma, and adenocarcinoma. If a cancerous growth is found in the part of the urethra closest to the bladder it is called posterior urethral cancer. If the growth is found in the part of the urethra closest to your body's exterior, it is called anterior urethral cancer.

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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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