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What are the symptoms of penile cancer?

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Changes in the penis skin are the most common symptom of penile cancer. They can show up on the foreskin of uncircumcised men, or on the penis tip (the glans) or shaft. Warning signs of the disease can include:

Most men with these symptoms don’t have penile cancer. Instead, it’s an infection or an allergic reaction. Even so, it’s important to get any unusual symptoms on or near your penis checked out right away. Early treatment is best.

  • Changes in thickness or color of skin on the penis
  • A lump on the penis
  • A rash or small “crusty” bumps on the penis; it can look like an unhealed scab.
  • Growths on the penis that look bluish-brown
  • Smelly discharge underneath the foreskin
  • A sore on the penis, which may be bleeding
  • Swelling at the end of the penis
  • Lumps under the skin in the groin area

From: What Is Penile Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Signs and Symptoms of Penile Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Risks and Causes of Penile Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Penile Cancer”; “Penile Cancer Treatment.”

Adam Ramin, MD, urologist, Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA; founder and medical director, Urology Cancer Specialists, Los Angeles.

Urology Care Foundation: “Penile Cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Signs and Symptoms of Penile Cancer.”

Cancer Research UK: “Risks and Causes of Penile Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “General Information About Penile Cancer”; “Penile Cancer Treatment.”

Adam Ramin, MD, urologist, Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA; founder and medical director, Urology Cancer Specialists, Los Angeles.

Urology Care Foundation: “Penile Cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 30, 2018

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