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Causes of Urethral Cancer

Delve into the causes and risk factors associated with urethral cancer, shedding light on this relatively rare yet significant health concern.

  • 16 Oct 2023
  • 3 min read

Urethral cancer is an ailment where cancerous cells develop in the delicate tissues of the urethra, a crucial tube responsible for transporting urine from the bladder to beyond the body's walls. Although it can occur in both genders, it is more likely to develop in males due to differences between the male and female anatomy. Despite its rarity, understanding this condition is essential for prevention, early detection and effective treatment. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the common causes of urethral cancer so that you or your loved one can make informed decisions regarding their preventative healthcare needs.


How is Urethral Cancer Caused?

Listed below are the main urethral cancer causes, along with its risk factors:

  1. History of Bladder Cancer: If you've had bladder cancer disease previously, you're more in danger of developing urethral cancer. This is because the bladder and urethra are connected and have a portion of similar sorts of cells.
  2. STDs: Sexually transmitted diseases, like human papillomavirus (HPV), can make it more likely for you to get urethral cancer. Among the types of HPV, one form called HPV type 16 is especially known for causing this cancer. It's essential to practice safe sex and get the HPV vaccination to reduce the possibility of this occurrence.
  3. UTIs: Regular UTIs (urinary tract infections) can provoke persistent irritation in your urethra, which could increase the risk of getting urethral cancer disease. That is why it's crucial to keep a healthy urinary system.
  4. Age and Gender: Urethral cancer is more normal in older adults and more often diagnosed in men than women.
  5. Chemical Exposure: In certain instances, heightened exposure to specific chemicals, such as those utilized within the textile or chemical sectors, has been associated with an elevated likelihood of developing urethral cancer.
  6. Tobacco and Smoking: Smoking, as with numerous other forms of cancer, can raise the likelihood of developing urethral cancer.

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While the causes of urethral cancer are still largely a mystery, smoking, environmental exposures, and STDs have all been linked to its development. It is also important to see your doctor regularly for any necessary screenings as well as discuss any family history that could contribute to developing urethral cancer. With the right resources, care and support from family and friends, anyone can have a much better chance of beating this disease. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to safeguard yourself against any financial stress.


Disclaimer: the above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.

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