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.
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. Other types of penile cancer such as Merkel cell carcinoma, small cell carcinoma, melanoma and other are generally rare.
Signs and symptoms of penile cancer Change in the skin of the penis (most likely) on the glans (the head of the penis) or foreskin:
Tissue may build up in one area.
Ulcer (sore) or a lump
A persistent discharge (drainage), often with a bad smell
Swelling at the end of the penis
If the cancer spreads, it most often travels first to lymph nodes in the groin.
These signs and symptoms don’t always mean cancer — they can also be caused by benign conditions. In general, cancer treatment includes:
Chemotherapy — uses medicines to kill cancer cells Radiation — using high powered x-rays to kill cancer cells Surgery – cuts out and removes the cancer
See your Doctor; receive a correct diagnosis, the sooner you start treatment the more effective it is likely to be.