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Penis Cancer

Overview

Penis cancer is uncommon, representing 0.5% of all cancers in men in the United States and Europe. However, penile cancer accounts for up to 10% of cancers in men on the continents of Asia, Africa, and South America. It primarily affects men between the ages of 50 and 80, although 25% of cases involve men under the age of 50.  

Risk factors predisposing men to penile cancer include cigarette smoking, poor penile hygiene and inflammation, lack of circumcision, and human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.  Genital warts are a result of HPV infection, and are more common in men with early age at onset of sex, and multiple sexual partners.  Penile cancer is rare in men who were circumcised as infants.

Penile cancer can occur anywhere on the penis.  It is responsive to treatment, particularly in early stages.



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