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What Are the Symptoms of Penile Cancer?


Updated June 18, 2014

Question: What Are the Symptoms of Penile Cancer?
I was diagnosed with HPV last year and read that HPV can cause penile cancer. What are the symptoms of penile cancer that I should watch out for?

Symptoms of penile cancer are most commonly noticed in the form of a sore, lesion, or growth on or within the penis. Other symptoms of penile cancer include bleeding or discharge from the penis.

Ye, penile cancer is associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that increases the risk of many types of cancer. However, penile cancer is extremely rare, even in men who are infected with HPV. It is most commonly diagnosed in men who are over 60 and have other risks, such as smoking. If a man experiences the symptoms of penile cancer, it is much more likely to be related to another sexually transmitted disease.

If you have the symptoms of penile cancer, do not delay in seeing a doctor. Like with any condition, early detection is key. Symptoms like sores, lesions, and penile discharge aren't likely to go away on their own, so do not wait for them to do so.
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