Cancer is a very serious condition that has no cure. Cancer cells can appear in many parts of the body, but rarely in the penis. Penile cancer occurs on the skin of the penis or within the penis, it most commonly affects men over the age of 50.
The type of cancer depends on how the cancer cell is formed. There are many types of penile cancer, but the most common are the following:
- Squamous cell penile cancer accounts for over 90% of cases and begins in cells lining the penile surface.
- Adenocarcinoma cancer begins in the glandular cells of the penis that produce sweat.
- Carcinoma in situ (CIS) is a particular type of squamous cell cancer that only the cells in the skin of the penis are affected and it hasn’t spread any deeper.
- Melanoma of the penis where cancer that develops in the skin cells that give the skin its color.
Penile cancer symptoms
It is important to early diagnosis in the all types of cancer treatment. So, you should be aware of any signs of penile cancer.
- If you have a growth or sore on the penis that doesn’t heal within 4 weeks,
- If you have bleeding from the penis or from under the foreskin,
- If you have thickening of the skin of the penis or foreskin that makes it difficult to draw back the foreskin,
- If there is a change in the color of the skin of the penis,
- If there is a rash on the penis,
- If there is a foul-smelling discharge,
it is important to see a doctor. It’s unlikely they’ll cause penile cancer, but they need to be investigated by an expert. Like we mentioned before, any delay in diagnosing penile cancer can reduce the rate of successful treatment.