Certain types of cancer increase the risk of incontinence.
Cancers in or near the pelvic region can increase the risk of incontinence. The pelvic region holds the bladder and reproductive organs. Cancers in this area include:
- Bladder cancer
- Cancer of the urethra
- Prostate cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Gynecological cancers, such as cervical cancer and uterine cancer
Brain or spinal cord cancers. These can affect nerves that help control the bladder or pelvic muscles.
Lung or esophageal cancer. These can cause chronic coughing that places stress on the bladder.