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Urethral Cancer

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Urethral cancer is a rare cancer that begins in the urethra (the urethra is located inside the penis of men and inside the vagina of female), the tube that transfers urine from the bladder and eliminates the contents outside of the body. Though the causes of urethral cancer are unknown, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) are recognized as the types of cancers that attack cells within the urethra. Risk factors of urethral cancer are associated with previous bladder conditions, old age, conditions of the urethra that cause inflammation, white females, and other factors such as smoking and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Doctors at Florida Hospital are specialized in screening, diagnosing, and treating urinary cancers and rare cancers such as urethral cancer. If urinary conditions cause pain, blockage, breathing issues, and high blood pressure, call 9-1-1 immediately.  
 
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Urethral cancer is a rare cancer that attacks the urethra, a small tube that extends from the bladder through the penis in males and the vagina in females. Bladder and kidney cancer are considered the most common types of cancers within the urinary system and may contribute to urethral cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) are cancer cells that may form within the urethra.

White females are at high risk of developing urethral cancer. Furthermore, women who have HPV are prone to developing urological cancer, previous history of bladder cancer, and old age may contribute to a urethral cancer diagnosis.  

Urethral cancer is a serious health matter due to the nature of the location. If the cancer penetrates the urethra wall, then it may spread into the surrounding tissues, lymph nodes, and into nearby organs. High risk individual must take immediate action with confronting abnormal health issues that may lead to urinary cancers.    

For the most part, symptoms and signs of urethral cancer resemble bladder cancer.   

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