Penile Cancer: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of penile cancer?

Many men with penile cancer have early symptoms. But you may have no symptoms until the cancer is in its later stages. You may notice symptoms but think they are from something other than cancer. See a healthcare provider if you have any changes in the skin of your penis, such as:

  • An ulcer, sore, or growth on the penis. The growth is usually painless. But it can be painful in some cases. It usually shows up on the glans or the foreskin, but it can also be on the shaft of the penis.

  • Changes in skin color, thickening of the skin, or tissue growth

  • A red, velvet-like rash

  • Bleeding from a growth or sore

  • Small and crusty bumps

  • Flat growths with a bluish brown color

  • A discharge under the foreskin, with or without an odor

  • Swelling at the tip of the penis

  • Swelling in the groin area. This may be caused by an enlarged lymph node.

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Kimberly Stump-Sutliff RN MSN AOCNS
Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Cunningham RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Richard LoCicero MD
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2020
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