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Urethral Cancer

17:17 EST 22nd November 2017 | BioPortfolio

The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. In women, the urethra is about 1½ inches long and is just above the vagina. In men, the urethra is about 8 inches long, and goes through the prostate gland and the penis to the outside of the body. In men, the urethra also carries semen.

  • Urethral cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the urethra.
  • There are different types of urethral cancer that begin in cells that line the urethra.
  • A history of bladder cancer can affect the risk of urethral cancer.
  • Signs of urethral cancer include bleeding or trouble with urination.
  • Tests that examine the urethra and bladder are used to detect (find) and diagnose urethral cancer.
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
  • Urethral cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the urethra.

Source: http://www.cancer.gov/types/urethral/patient/urethral-treatment-pdq

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