This is a very rare cancer in men. It is most common in men between the age of 50-70 years. If presented early, it is highly treatable but most men because of embarrassment and fear do not present early in the hospital.
The part of penis mostly affected is glans followed by prepuce (for those uncircumcised) and least common site is the shaft.
RISK FACTORS FOR DEVELOPING CANCER OF THE PENIS
Lack of circumcision
Human Papilloma Virus infection
Poor genital hygiene
Never married/ divorced man
Low socioeconomic status
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Sign and symptoms of cancer of the penis include:
1. Change in skin colour of the penis
2. Smelly discharge
3. Painless sore over the penis
4. Swelling at the end of the penis
5. Lump in the groin area
6. Fungating mass over the penis.
Some of the signs and symptoms outlined above are also seen in sexually transmitted infection hence need for biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
This depends on how early patient present in the hospital. Treatment options include:
Partial amputation of the penis
Excision and reconstruction of the glans
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