Penile cancer is a dreadful disease where cancerous cells start forming in the penis. Penile cancer is treatable and yes, it is correct that circumcision can prevent penile cancer. As various risk factors of penile cancer are associated with the foreskin, removing it makes a person safe from penile cancer. Also, there are other health benefits of circumcision that you will get to know here.
Risk Factors of Penile Cancer
There are different risk factors that can ultimately lead to penile cancer. The most common risk factors associated with penile cancer are:
- Excess consumption of tobacco
- HIV AIDS
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Uncircumcised penis (Also Read: Circumcised or Uncircumcised? How does it feel to a woman? )
Symptoms of Penile Cancer
You should be aware of the symptoms that are associated with Penile Cancer:
- The skin of the penis starts turning thick
- Formation of a lump around the penis
- Forming of rashes under the prepuce/foreskin
- Cyst like formations near the penis
- Malodorous discharge from the penis (under the foreskin)
- Change in the color of the skin of and around the penis
If you ever deal with any of these symptoms, immediate medical attention is highly recommended. The doctor carries out the proper diagnosis of your signs and symptoms to treat the actual root cause.
Uncircumcised Penis And Penile Cancer
Males must maintain proper intimate hygiene to prevent penile cancer. He should thoroughly clean the foreskin. Maintaining proper hygiene of the penis significantly lowers the chances of many diseases. One such disease is penile cancer or cancer of the penis.
Let’s understand more about penile cancer. If you allow the smegma and excess of unwanted bacteria to grow under your foreskin, this makes you more prone to contracting serious diseases. Smegma is the buildup of dead skin cells and the fluids building upon the tips of the penis (under the foreskin). It usually appears whitish in color and has an unpleasant odor. When you do not follow proper hygiene practices and let the smegma build up increase, it can potentially cause penile cancer in the long run.
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Phimosis, as a risk factor for Penile Cancer
Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin of the penis becomes too tight or constricted that the person cannot pull it back. It prevents exposure to the glans penis and makes it difficult to keep proper hygiene. As a result of phimosis, smegma and debris keep collecting and makes the male more prone to penile cancer and other infections as well. Those infections can either be UTIs or STIs (such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Genital Warts caused by HPV, etc).
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) escalates the risk of developing penile cancer. HPV can remain in the body without showing any symptoms for quite a long time. So, one has to be very cautious and keep an eye on the abnormal symptoms (if any) in and around his genitals or intimate parts.
Phimosis, at times, can be a symptom of penile cancer. Therefore, you must not leave phimosis untreated and reach out to a specialist doctor for circumcision which is considered to be the safest way to prevent penile cancer.
Balanitis, as a risk factor for Penile Cancer
Balanitis is the condition of inflammation of the foreskin of the penis along with the glans penis. It increases the chances of developing penile cancer. Circumcision is often the immediately recommended treatment for balanitis.
Circumcision To Prevent Penile Cancer
As you can see, the above-mentioned risk factors are directly or indirectly related to the foreskin of the penis. That is why circumcision is the best possible treatment to prevent all those risks that can lead to penile cancer. Circumcision is the medical procedure of the removal of the foreskin.
The above-mentioned risks, namely, Phimosis and Balanitis are not always linked with penile cancer. But it is necessary to treat these conditions to prevent any further complications.
Other benefits of circumcision
- Easy to maintain the hygiene
- Lower risks of contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Reduces the chances of contracting Urinary Tract Infections
- Prevents Paraphimosis (a condition where the foreskin gets stuck behind the glans penis).
The procedure of circumcision has become simplified with technological advancements. The new technique of laser circumcision ensures that there are no incisions, wounds, and stitches involved in the procedure. The laser circumcision is completed in 10-15 minutes and the patient can go home on the same day. The patient recovers faster and can resume his normal life routine within 2-3 days as there are no cuts and stitches to heal.
Now that you know that circumcision can prevent the chances of penile cancer and other diseases, you should not hesitate before undergoing circumcision. And, always maintain a proactive approach towards your health. Therefore, consult a urologist as soon as you start facing any problematic symptoms.