Penile cancer is a relatively rare form of malignant tumor. The cause of the disease is not known, although a high degree of correlation between penile cancer and long-term bad hygiene has been established. The disease is less common in circumcised men – although you will practically avoid any danger if you regularly take a shower (and clean head of the penis and foreskin). It is most common among older men.
The main symptom is a painful spot, wound or wart-like bump that slowly spreads through the skin of the organ and penetrates deeper into the tissue. If not treated, the cancer will metastasize (spread to other parts of the body, most commonly with the lymph system or bloodstream). Penile cancer usually begins spreading to the lymph glands (in the groin), and cause them to swell.
What to do?
If you notice a wound (with a pus) or any enlargement on your penis, go to a doctor who will first send you to a biopsy (laboratory scan) and then make a diagnosis based on the search results, i.e. whether it is a cancer, a syphilis or just a plain, harmless warts.
Radiotherapy almost always cures the problems, but only if penile cancer is discovered early. Surgical removal of the penis is needed only in advanced, neglected cases.