Urethral cancer is not at all common, and somewhere around a thousand cases have been diagnosed in recent history. Because this cancer can attack both men and women, and because the urological systems of men and women vary vastly, there truly is no “common type” of urethral cancer.
Basically, the urethra becomes attacked by malignant cells, which can rapidly spread to the soft tissues and mucous membranes that surround it.
Any difficulty in urination should prompt a call to your physician, as should the appearance of any lumps or discoloration. As with Prostate Cancer, should there be pain or blood upon urination the doctor will most likely want to perform tests and a complete set of lab tests to determine the origin of the problem.
Treatment options are limited, because there just have not been enough cases to truly develop any new breakthroughs in the medical study of urethral cancer. However, there are chemotherapy, surgical and radiation type treatments that prove very effective in removing and limiting the spread of the cancerous cells throughout the body.