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:
- a growth or sore that does not heal within 4 weeks
- a rash
- bleeding from the penis or under the foreskin
- a smelly discharge
- thickening of the skin of the penis or foreskin that makes it difficult to pull back the foreskin (phimosis)
- a change in the colour of the skin of your penis or foreskin
Other symptoms of penile cancer include:
- a lump in the groin
- feeling tired
- stomach pain
- losing weight without trying
Having these symptoms does not definitely mean you have penile cancer. But it's important to get them checked by a GP.
This is because if they're caused by cancer, finding it early can make it more treatable.
The GP may examine your penis and ask you to have a blood test.
They'll ask you:
- what your symptoms are
- when they started
- if you’ve used anything to treat them, and if it’s made it better or worse
They may refer you to see a specialist in hospital for more tests.
This may be an urgent referral, usually within 2 weeks, if you have certain symptoms. This does not definitely mean you have cancer.