Penis cancer

What is penis cancer?

The penis is part of the male reproductive and urinary systems.

This is cancer that begins and grows in the penis. Most penile cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (cancer that begins in flat cells lining the penis).

How common is penis cancer?

Penis cancer is rare. Around 20 men are affected by this cancer each year in Victoria.

Causes of penis cancer

Infection with human papilloma virus is a risk factor for cancer of the penis. Some other conditions that affect the appearance of the skin of the penis can lead to cancer, so it's important to see your doctor if you notice white, red or scaly patches.

Signs and symptoms of penis cancer

Colour changes, bumps or thickening of the skin can be signs of penis cancer. Other symptoms can include discharge or bleeding.

If you have one of these symptoms, but have not been diagnosed with this cancer, remember that penis cancer is rare, and your symptom is likely to be due to something else. See your doctor if you have any skin changes or discharge.

Expert content reviewers:

Tarnya Martin, cancer nurse, BA (Nursing) & Grad. Dip. Child & Adol. grief counselling

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