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Penile cancer

Penile cancer is a rare cancer that mostly affects the skin of the penis. It’s most common in men over 50. It’s more treatable if found early.

The main symptoms of penile cancer include changes to the skin of the penis, such as growths and bumps, changing skin colour or a rash.

Penile cancer can be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus you can get from sex or skin-to-skin contact of the genital area.

It’s not always possible to prevent penile cancer. Having the HPV vaccine, using a condom during sex and quitting smoking may help.

Penile cancer is more treatable if found early. Treatments include creams, laser treatment, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of penile cancer include changes to the skin of the penis, such as growths and bumps, changing skin colour or a rash.

Main symptoms of penile cancer

Most cancers of the penis affect the skin covering the penis (foreskin), or the head or tip (glans) of the penis.

The most common symptoms are:

Other symptoms of penile cancer include:

Read more on the NHS website.

Penile cancer is more treatable if found early. Treatments include creams, laser treatment, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Medical treatments

Penile cancer is more treatable if it's found early.

The treatment you need will depend on:

  • the size and type of penile cancer you have
  • where it is
  • if it has spread
  • your age and general health

Treatment for early cancer often involves non-surgical treatments, for example, a chemotherapy cream such as 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and laser therapy.

If the cancer is found later, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Read more on the NHS website.

It’s not always possible to prevent penile cancer. Having the HPV vaccine, using a condom during sex and quitting smoking may help.

Read more on the NHS website.

Penile cancer can be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus you can get from sex or skin-to-skin contact of the genital area.

Read more on the NHS website.