What Are Penis Cancer Risks Factors?

Penis Cancer: The Cancer that No One Wants to Talk About
A verdict was finally announced in the trial of the doctor who removed a Kentucky man’s penis during a routine circumcision and many are left wondering just how common penis cancer is and what kind of screening is available so that they do not have to worry about finding themselves in a similar situation.

When Phillip Seaton checked in for a routine circumcision to relieve swelling neither he nor his doctor could have imagined that a cancer diagnosis penis amputation and a full blown media circus were in their future. While many can sympathize with the trauma of waking up to find an intimate part of your anatomy missing it might be that impromptu surgery that saved Phillip Seaton’s life. Perhaps the biggest question is why wasn’t this cancer diagnosed sooner?

Though rare in the U.S. the American Cancer Society estimates that 320 men will die this year from penis carcinoma and another 1,360 cases will be diagnosed. Doctors often times find treating this type of cancer difficult as in about half of the cases treatment is delayed due reluctance, whether out of fear or embarrassment, to consult with a doctor. This delay can allow localized cancer to spread and ultimately lead to partial or complete amputation.

Every cancer has its own unique set of risk factors and penis cancer is no exception. While these risk factors make a man more likely to develop penile cancer it can also appear in someone with no risk factors at all.
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