Penile Cancer

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Penile cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the penis multiply uncontrollably. The penis is a reproductive organ with a rod-like shaft extending from the lower abdomen to the tip, known as the glans or head. In uncircumcised individuals, a protective layer of skin called the foreskin covers the glans, while circumcised individuals have an exposed glans. The penis facilitates urination and sexual activity.

Cancer can form anywhere in your penis, but it most commonly starts on the head or foreskin (if you’re uncircumcised).

What are the types of penile cancer?

Ninety-five percent of penile cancers are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). This type of cancer forms in the top part of your skin layer called the epithelium. Other, less common types of penile cancer form in different types of tissue:

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC): Cancer begins in the bottom layer of your epithelium. BCC is a slow-growing form of penile cancer.
  • Melanoma: This cancer begins in cells that control how dark or light your skin is, called melanocytes. Melanoma is a more aggressive form of cancer.
  • Sarcoma: Cancer develops in muscle or connective tissue. It’s an extremely rare form of penile cancer.

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