Penile Cancer


Cancer in the penis can take several forms depending on the cell type in which it develops. Approximately 95% of penile cancers present as Epidermoid (or squamous) cell carcinoma, and is generally curable when found early. Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and sarcoma are other possible types of penile cancers, though they are much rarer. While many factors can contribute to the risk of penile cancer, perhaps the most effective method of prevention is circumcision, as the majority of penile cancer occurs in uncircumcised men.