What increases my risk for urethral cancer?


Your age, gender, and whether you have a history of sexually transmitted diseases or bladder cancer can increase your risk for urethral cancer. Most cases are found in older adults above the age of 50. While this disease can affect both males and females alike, more women than men are diagnosed with it. Caucasian women in particular have the highest risk of being affected by this disease. People who have had bladder cancer, reoccurring urinary tract infections, certain sexually transmitted diseases, and/or other issues that create chronic urethral inflammation are also at greater risk of 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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