A 20-year-old male asked:
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is smegma dangerous, i usually take a shower every 3 days. so i accumulate some smegma during non showering. ?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
No.: Smegma is not dangerous, but poor penile hygiene does increase your risk of foreskin problems such as phimosis and paraphimosis, and also increasing your risk for the very rare squamous cell carcinoma of the penis, a type of cancer.
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
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