Risk Factors for Urethral Cancer

A risk factor is something about you that increases your chance of getting a disease or having a certain health condition. Some risk factors for urethral cancer you cannot change, but some you can. Changing the risk factors that you have control over will help you live a longer, healthier life.

Risk factors do not mean that you will get the disease. Many people who have these risk factors do not develop the disease and many who develop the disease did not have any of these risk factors.

The risk factors for urethral cancer are:

  • Personal history — People who’ve had bladder cancer are at an increased risk of developing urethral cancer.
  • Chronic inflammation of the urethra — People who’ve had certain conditions that cause chronic inflammation in the urethra are at an increased risk of developing urethral cancer.
    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Age — Urethral cancer is most common in people age 60 and older.
  • Race/ethnicity and gender — Urethral cancer is more common in white females.

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