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What is penis cancer?

Cancer is abnormal cell growth in the skin or organ tissue. When this cell growth starts in the penis, it is called penis cancer or penile cancer.

Penis cancer is rare and affects less than 1% of men in Europe. It is more common in men older than age 40, but younger men can get it. Most penis cancer patients are 60–70 years old.

Fig. 1: Anatomy of the penis.
Fig. 1: Anatomy of the penis.

This information was produced by the European Association of Urology (EAU) Patient Information Working Group, March 2017.

  • Dr. S.R. Ottenhof, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Dr. A. Parnham, London (UK)

Penis cancer is rare. Your doctor can offer you advice and provide support with the help of European Reference Network eUROGEN