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Urethral Cancer

Causes of Urethral Cancer

Urethral cancer is an uncommon cancer that spreads cancer cells within the transitional cells and/or forms as a tumor in the urethra. Although the causes of urethral cancer are unknown, risk factors such as race and gender (white female), old age, history of bladder cancer, and recurring tract infections contribute to this urinary cancer. 

Additional research is required to determine the causes of urethral cancer. Because urethral cancer is rare, researchers have not been able to identify causes, but there are some risk factors for the disease.  

The following are risk factors of urethral cancer include: 

  • Race & gender - white female
  • HPV (Human Papilloma virus)
  • History of Bladder Cancer
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Previous urinary conditions
  • Age above 60-years old
  • Smoking 
  • Chemical exposure  

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