What are Urologic Cancers?
Cancer is the result of fast and abnormal cell growth.
Urologic cancers affect the organs and structures of the male and female urinary system and the male reproductive system.
These cancers are fairly common.
Types of Urologic Cancers
Named for the structures they affect, types of urologic cancers include:
- Bladder cancer affects the cells that line the urinary bladder, a small sac that collects urine for excretion.
- Renal (kidney) cancer forms in the small tubes that clean the blood of the kidneys. Renal pelvis cancer is a rare form of this disease. It occurs in the part of the kidney that connects to the bladder.
- Testicular cancer forms in testis and accounts for only one percent of all cancers in men.
- Penile cancer is rare. It affects the penis — the male reproductive organ, which is as a part of the urinary system.
- Urethral cancer occurs in the urethra, the tube that conducts urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. In men, the urethra travels through the penis; it also carries semen. Urethral cancer is rare, and it occurs more often in men than in women.