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What are some of the most common conditions that affect the penis?

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Some the most common conditions that affect the penis are:

  • Priapism, a persistent, often painful erection that lasts for more than 4 hours
  • Peyronie's disease, a condition in which a hard lump forms in the penis and causes it to bend or curve
  • Balanitis, an inflammation or infection of the head of the penis
  • Phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin of the penis is so tight that it cannot be pulled back off the head of the penis
  • Paraphimosis, which happens when the foreskin gets stuck behind the head and can't return to its natural location. It's a medical emergency that can cause serious complications if not treated.
  • Penile cancer, a rare type of cancer that starts in the skin cells of the penis.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

FamilyDoctor.org: “Genital Problems in Men.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 22, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

FamilyDoctor.org: “Genital Problems in Men.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 22, 2019

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