Penile cancer starts in cells in the penis. The penis is part of the external male genitals and contains many types of tissue, including skin, nerves, smooth muscle, and blood vessels. Specific treatment for penile cancer is based on several factors including your overall health and medical history, whether cancer spread from the mucosa into other tissues, and other individual factors.
Types of Penile Cancer
Squamous cell carcinoma
About 95 percent of penile cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. This cancer begins in the flat skin cells (squamous cells) of the penis, usually on the foreskin or on the tip of the penis (glans). Squamous cell penile cancer grows slowly and can be cured if found early.
Melanomas occur in skin that was over-exposed to the sun. They can occur in other spots, such as on the penis. Just a small percentage of penile cancers are melanomas.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell is another kind of skin cancer that can impact the penis. It too makes up just a small percentage of all cases of penile cancer. It is slow-growing and rarely spreads to other parts of the body.
Adenocarcinoma (Paget disease of the penis)
This is a rare type of penile cancer. It can develop from sweat glands in the skin of the penis.
Sarcomas are a small portion of penile cancers. They develop from smooth muscle, blood vessels, or other connective tissue cells within the penis.
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