Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Urine cytology is used along with other tests and procedures to diagnose cancers of the urinary tract, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Ureter cancer
- Urethra cancer
Urine cytology can best detect larger and more-aggressive urinary tract cancers. Urine cytology might not detect small urinary tract cancers that grow more slowly.
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