Penile cancer is a rare type of cancer which usually occurs on the skin of the penis or inside the penis. Penile cancer most commonly affects men above the age of 50. Penile cancer develops either above or within the penis, which consists of several different types of cells.
The 5-year survival rate for penile cancer is about 85% for cases that have not spread outside the penis. Survival rates usually give an idea of what percentage of people with the same type and stage of cancer are still alive in usually 5 years after they were diagnosed with the cancer.
Currently, no screening test is available that can be effectively used in the general public for the diagnosis of penile cancer. Nevertheless, penile cancer can often be detected in early stages because it usually develops in skin cells and causes noticeable changes in the skin on the penis. But many men do not feel the need to seek medical attention for changes in the skin of the penis.
One of the most difficult issues with surgery is its effect on the appearance of a man’s penis and its function including normal sexual intercourse. In older men this may not be a cause for concern but for sexually active men it creates a number of possible problems.