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Penile cancer: a disease in which malignant (cancer)
cells form in the tissues of the penis.
Penile cancer is a rare cancer that forms in the penis,
the male sex organ that passes sperm and urine from the body. The most common
type of penile cancer is squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in flat
cells in the top layer of the skin). It usually forms on or under the foreskin
(the loose skin covering the head of the penis). Signs of penile cancer include
sores or other skin changes, discharge, and bleeding. Human papillomavirus
(HPV) causes about one-third of penile cancer cases. Circumcision (removal of
the foreskin) may help prevent HPV and decrease the risk of penile cancer. When
found early, penile cancer can usually be cured.
Learn about penile cancer, and find information on how we
support and care for adults with penile cancer before, during, and after
The following information is from the National Cancer
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