Ureter Cancer Awareness Month & Ribbon
Cancer of the ureter or renal pelvic is called ureter cancer. This is a relatively rare form of cancer accounting for only 5% of the total cancer cases. Men are more at risk than women and so are older adults.
Severe pain in the back, blood in the urine, fatigue, weight loss and frequent urination are some of the most common signs of the disease.
Chronic irritation of the kidney due to chemical exposure such as alcohol and smoke that are eliminated from the body through urine may be a prime source of ureter cancer. Long-term pain relief medication and exposure to carcinogenic chemicals are other reasons.
Primary diagnosis is through urine analysis, followed by complete blood test to determine the counts and urine cytology to study the expelled blood cells. This is followed by scanning techniques, endoscopy and ultra sound. Intravenous pyelogram is another technique of observing the interiors of the urinary system.
Lifestyle changes such as balanced diet, giving up smoking and excess alcohol consumption and keeping active through exercise are some of the ways you can avoid susceptibility to cancer.
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