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Can skin cancers be on a penis?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Penile skin cancer
Yes, skin cancers can occur on the genital area.
Squamous cell carcinomas make up over 90% of penile skin cancers, are usually on the foreskin or glans and can be related to hpv infections. Melanomas and other skin cancers can occur on the penis, athough more rarely. If you have a persistent or changing lesion on the genital area, please have it examined by a dermatologist as soon as possible.

In brief: Penile skin cancer
Yes, skin cancers can occur on the genital area.
Squamous cell carcinomas make up over 90% of penile skin cancers, are usually on the foreskin or glans and can be related to hpv infections. Melanomas and other skin cancers can occur on the penis, athough more rarely. If you have a persistent or changing lesion on the genital area, please have it examined by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
Dr. Emily Altman
Dr. Emily Altman
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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
However they are not very common.
Most skin cancers are related to sun exposure and thus the genital area has less risk. .(except for nudists).

In brief: Yes
However they are not very common.
Most skin cancers are related to sun exposure and thus the genital area has less risk. .(except for nudists).
Dr. Foster Carr
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, But sometimes
They are actually penile cancers.
Squamous tumors affect the skin and glans penis, and are called penile tumors. Rarely there are melanomas on the penis. We recently had a colon cancer presenting as lesion on the penis. If there is something strange on your penis or some one you know, it needs to be looked at by a urologist first, dermatologist if the urologist is puzzled.

In brief: Yes, But sometimes
They are actually penile cancers.
Squamous tumors affect the skin and glans penis, and are called penile tumors. Rarely there are melanomas on the penis. We recently had a colon cancer presenting as lesion on the penis. If there is something strange on your penis or some one you know, it needs to be looked at by a urologist first, dermatologist if the urologist is puzzled.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Probably not.
While cancer of the skin can occur anywhere on the body, this is highly unlikely given that a long history of exposure would be needed for at least some skin cancers.
A more likely cancer would be from human papilloma virus (hpv), through contact with infected individuals, with hpv types 16, and 18 most often associated with cancer.

In brief: Probably not.
While cancer of the skin can occur anywhere on the body, this is highly unlikely given that a long history of exposure would be needed for at least some skin cancers.
A more likely cancer would be from human papilloma virus (hpv), through contact with infected individuals, with hpv types 16, and 18 most often associated with cancer.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Yes
Cancers of the penis are predominantly skin cancers and like other skin cancers are mostly squamous cell carcinomas.
The junction of glans and body of the penis is commonest site for the cancer.

In brief: Yes
Cancers of the penis are predominantly skin cancers and like other skin cancers are mostly squamous cell carcinomas.
The junction of glans and body of the penis is commonest site for the cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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