Cancer – penis

Alternative Names

Penile cancer; Squamous cell cancer – penis

Definition of Cancer – penis

Cancer of the penis is that starts in the penis, an organ that makes up part of the male reproductive system.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The exact cause is unknown.

Signs and tests

The health care provider will perform a physical exam, which may reveal a non-tender lesion that looks like a pimple or wart. This growth is typically near the end of the penis.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the size and location of the tumor and how much it has spread.

Expectations (prognosis)

The outcome can be good with early diagnosis and treatment. The 5-year survival rate for penile cancers is 65%. Urination and sexual function can often be maintained even when a significant portion of the penis is removed.

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/26/2010

Male reproductive anatomy
Male reproductive system

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