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What is Urethral Cancer?

Female Urinary Tract
Female Urinary Tract
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Male Urinary Tract
Male Urinary Tract
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Urethral cancer is rare is the most rare of all urological cancer. Only 1 or 2 people out of a 100 patients with cancer get this type. It is more common in men than women. Some people with urethral cancer don’t have any symptoms, but most do. This information will tell you more about urethral cancer, how it’s diagnosed and treatment options.

What is the Urethra?

The urethra is a hollow tube that lets urine pass from the bladder, the organ that stores urine until ready for release, to the outside of the body. In men the urethra is about 8 inches long, and passes through the prostate to the end of the penis. In women the urethra is about 1.5 inches long, and opens to the outside just above the vaginal opening.