Penis Health - Cancer

Cancer of the penis is rare, with around 500 cases in the UK each year, mostly in men over the age of 50. Early symptoms usually include a change in colour of an area of skin on the glans or foreskin. This skin may become thickened, show a small red rash and later develop into a small, flat bluish-brown growth. It may also present as a painless growth or sore, which may bleed. The virus that causes penile warts also increases the risk of penis cancer, which is another great reason to wear a condom. Hygiene is especially important in men who have a large foreskin, with the risks being lessened in circumcised men.