Cancer of the penis is an uncommon disorder. If primarily affects men who have not undergone circumcision. Small growths develop on the penis or on the foreskin. These growths may appear similar to venereal warts, which is a benign disease caused from a virus. Cancer of the penis, however, tends to progress. The growths increase in size and may become painful or bleed. The are more common in men over age 50.
Causes of Penis Cancer
The cause of penile cancer is unknown. Chronic irritation, or failure to keeps areas under the foreskin clean, may be a contributing factor. Penile cancer is rare in men circumcised at birth or shortly thereafter. It is rare among Jews, Muslims, and members of other cultures where early circumcision is customary.
Signs and Symptoms of Penis Cancer
Small lumps, that resemble a pimple usually begin at the end of the penis. Initially, the lumps are painless, but as they grow or ulcerate, they may bleed and be painful. Painful urination may develop. A discharge from the tumor may occur. If the disease spreads to the local lymph nodes, a firm, painless lump may be felt in the groin.
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