About Penile Cancer

Cases of penile cancer are very rare in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., approximately 1,250 cases will be diagnosed this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. 

While the cause or causes of penile cancer has not been definitively identified,  scientists have found certain risk factors that make a man more likely to develop the disease. Risk factors for penile cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Men over the age of 60
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • History of genital herpes

Additionally, men who are circumcised show a lower risk of developing penile cancer.

Men should contact their physician if they have redness, a sore, irritation or a lump on their penis, as well as any discharge, which can be symptoms of penile cancer.

Penile Cancer Screening & Diagnosis

To diagnose penile cancer, your will perform a physical exam. The doctor may remove cells or tissue from the penis for a biopsy to test for cancer. If a diagnosis of penile cancer is made, a physician will determine the severity or stage of the cancer, including whether it has spread to other areas of the body.  Each cancer type has its own classification system. Tests to determine the severity of penile cancer can include CT Scans, MRI and ultrasounds. Treatment will be recommended based on the stage of cancer.

Multispecialty Team

NorthShore University HealthSystem physicians and the team at the Kellogg Cancer Center work collaboratively and are dedicated to putting patients and families at the center of a healthcare experience that delivers compassionate, quality care.

Every week, our multidisciplinary team meets to discuss each patient’s case in detail and to design a personalized treatment plan. Your team may include your medical oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist, nurse, genetics counselor, pathologist, nutritionist, interventional radiologist, and researchers focused on you. This meeting of the minds provides each patient with an individualized care plan to create the path for the most successful outcome. Our approach emphasizes open communication, collaborating with each other personally and through one of the most advanced electronic medical records systems in the country.

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