While most men know everything about prostate symptoms and testicular cancer, many people do not have the same cancer of penis awareness.
However, around 650 men are diagnosed with life-threatening cancer in the UK each year, according to the NHS.
Men who are uncircumcised, have a history of penile warts, have been tested positive for HPV, have a higher risk of developing the life-threatening future potential.
Studies have found that nearly 47% of men with penile cancer also have an HPV infection. Disease is most prevalent in men over 60, but can affect anyone.
As with any cancer, it is much easier to treat than if it is caught early. Currently, 68% of men survive penile cancer for 10 years longer, according to NHS statistics.
What is the earliest sign of penile cancer warning?
Urologist James Wysock, MD recently unveiled the most common early sign of penile cancer.
Speaking of men's health, he said: "The most common symptom is changing the skin on the penis.
Although they typically present as classic warts, penile tumors also usually appear as red areas on the head ("glans") of the penis, or along the body and the foreskin.
They can have a firm touch and are relatively painless.
Less commonly, cancer can manifest itself more as a rash or as an infected lesion similar to that resulting from sexually transmitted disease such as herpes.
These lesions may be more painful and associated with fever.
If the disease is more advanced, it can lead to blockage of urinary passage or metastatic spread to the lymph nodes and the puppy.
Other symptoms of penile cancer include:
1. A smelly discharge
2. Swelling at the end of the penis
3. Bleeding from the penis or under the penis
4. Thickening of the penis or foreskin skin that makes it difficult to withdraw the foreskin (phimosis)
5. Increase or inflammation of the penis that does not heal in four weeks
6. A change in the color of the penis or foreskin skin
How is penile cancer diagnosed?
GP will ask you about any symptoms you have and when they occur. They will also examine your penis for signs of cancer in the penis.
If they suspect cancer of the penis, they can direct you to a specialist – usually a urologist.
The specialist will ask you about your symptoms, he may also perform a blood test and perform a biopsy.
How is penile cancer treated?
For in situ carcinoma (CIS), where only penile skin cells are affected, patients will be treated with chemotherapy cream or laser surgery.
The main treatments for advanced penile cancer are:
Other types of common male cancers include prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Approximately 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year in the UK.
While prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK, it carries around 47,000 people each year.
Signs of warning of prostate cancer include problems associated with urination. Those worried about testicular cancer should check for any unusual swelling and swelling.
If you are worried, you should contact your doctor immediately.