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