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Urethral Cancer

Urethral cancer is an extremely rare condition with approximately 600 reported cases in total. It occurs when cells in the urethra start growing without control. Women are more likely to be affected by urethral cancer than men. The urethra is a narrow tube that links the urinary bladder and the outside of the body. The urethra serves as a passage for carrying urine, but in males it also is the way through which the semen leaves the body.

Urethral cancer that is located at the outside end of the urethra is usually treated effectively. However, if the cancer occurs deeper in the tissues, such as near the bladder, it is usually aggressive and very difficult to cure. Moreover, in this case it is likely to spread to other internal organs, which further complicates the treatment.

The symptoms for urethral cancer include blood when urinating, bleeding or unusual discharge from the urethra, weak flow of urine, trouble urinating or frequent urination, a lump in the area of the perineum or the penis as well as enlarged lymphatic nodes.

Bladder cancer can increase the risk of developing urethral cancer. Moreover, being female, white and older than 60 are all factors of bigger risk to get urethral cancer.

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