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What is Urethral Cancer?

Description of the disease

Urethral cancer is a malignant neoplasm that develops in the tissues of the urethra. The urethra is part of the urinary system and is responsible for the excretion of urine from the body. Urethral cancer is a rare condition, accounting for less than 1% of all malignant tumors of the urinary system.


  • By tumor structure: squamous cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, mucinous cell carcinoma.
  • By stage of spread: initial, localized, advanced.


  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Sensation of incomplete emptying of the bladder


The exact causes of urethral cancer are unknown, but there are a number of factors that can increase the risk of the disease: smoking, urinary tract infections, genetic predisposition.


Various methods of investigation are used to diagnose urethral cancer: uroflowmetry, cystoscopy, ultrasound, biopsy.


Treatment of urethral cancer depends on the stage of the disease and may include surgical intervention, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.


Main measures to prevent urethral cancer include a healthy lifestyle, avoiding smoking, and timely treatment of urinary tract infections.


For the diagnosis and treatment of urethral cancer, it is necessary to consult a urologist or oncologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.