The penis is the male organ responsible for sexual function and urine evacuation. Penile cancer can arise from the foreskin, head of the penis or the shaft. The most common type of penile cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.
You may experience the following common symptoms:
Various risk factors have been identified including: smoking, being uncircumcised, poor hygiene and environmental exposures.
Some penile tumors can be managed with topical agents after a biopsy has been performed.
Most penile tumors will require local excision, which may or may not include circumcision. For low grade or small lesions, local excision, laser therapy, or Mohs surgery may be employed. In patients with large or invasive tumors, partial or total penectomy (partial or total removal of the penis) may be required. Sampling of the lymph nodes in the groin may be required in more advanced cases, which may be performed with open surgery or laparoscopically.
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