Penile cancer is a malignant growth found on the skin or in the tissues of the penis. Around 95% of penile cancers are squamous cell carcinomas which arise from normal skin.
Penile cancer risk factors
- Being age 60 or older.
- Having phimosis – a condition in which the foreskin of the penis cannot be pulled back over the glans.
- Having poor personal hygiene.
- Having many sexual partners.
- Having human papillomavirus infection (HPV).
- Using tobacco products.
Penile cancer symptoms
Signs of penile cancer include:
- Redness of the penis.
- Rash on the penis.
- Foul smelling discharge from the penis.
- Pain in the penis.
- Growth or sore on the penis that doesn’t heal within four weeks (may look like a wart, ulcer or blister), may or may not be painful.
- Bleeding from the penis or from under the foreskin.
- Change in color of the penis
- Inability to retract the foreskin.
How is penile cancer treated?
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. The prognosis and treatment options depend on the following:
- The stage of the cancer.
- The location and size of the tumor.
- Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has come back.
- Enlarged Prostate
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Hematuria (Blood in Urine)
- Kidney Stones
- Low Testosterone (Low T)
- Male Infertility
- Overactive Bladder
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Penile Cancer
- Penile Curvature (Peyronie’s Disease)
- Premature Ejaculation
- Prostate Infections (Prostatitis)
- Testicular Cancer
- Urinary Incontinence
- Urinary Tract Infection