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How to treat penile cancer

Penile cancer is a malignant growth that is either found in the tissues or on the skin of the penis. This article looks at the symptoms and how to treat it.

What is penile cancer?

Tissues in the penis contain a number of different cells where various forms of penile cancer can form. This is why it's vital for doctors to know the differences between them, so that they can understand the seriousness of the cancer and the form of treatment required. Epidermoid carcinoma Penile cancer is in fact a rare type of cancer, which generally results from the irritation that uncircumcised men may experience. The most familiar form of cancer of the penis is known as epidermoid carcinoma, which takes place in the skin of the penis. Around 95% of penile cancers form from the flat skin cells, which are known as squamous cells. Penile tumours grow at a slow rate. If found early, it is possible to treat them. Squamous cell penile cancers can grow on any part of the penis. However, they are likely to form on the glans of uncircumcised men, or on the foreskin. What are the symptoms of penile cancer? In order to determine whether or not you have penile cancer, look at penile cancer pictures and watch out for these symptoms: Discharge
Bleeding
Sores
Redness
Irritation
A lump on the penis
Change of colour on the skin of the affected area of the glans or foreskin
In very early stages, small crusty bumps may be experienced Penile cancer is unlikely to occur on the shaft of the penis. For men who are not circumcised, they may only notice an early sign of penile cancer if they pull back the foreskin.
Penile cancer in the UK Penile cancer in the UK is rare with around 360 cases reported each year. It typically only occurs in men over 50, but can also take place in men who have poor hygiene around the foreskin or phimosis, which is a tightness around the foreskin making it hard to pull back. Skin conditions of the foreskin also increase the chances of penile cancer.

How to treat penile cancer

Visit a specialist If caught early, treatment is available for a cure. Treatments may include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. While surgery is the most common path chosen, the treatment received will depend on a number of factors including the patient's general health, and the stage and grade of the cancer. By visiting a specialist, you will be able to go through all the pros and cons, the side-effects, the success rate, as well as the treatment options available. By catching it early, penile cancer can be cured.

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