What is penile cancer?

Penile cancer is when the penis, the male organ that passes sperm and urine from the body in males, forms cancer cells in its tissue.


The symptoms of penile cancer can vary, but include:

  • Swelling at the end of the penis
  • Penile discharge
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Sores
  • A lump on the penis
  • Difficulty peeing
  • Weight loss

The symptoms also change depending on the stage of the cancer, the location of the tumor, and where the cancer has spread.

When to See a Doctor

You should see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms of cancer, or if you are at risk for developing this disease.

More Information


Penile cancer is caused by cells that become malignant in the tissues of the penis. These cells don’t stop growing like normal cells, which causes a tumor that can spread to other parts of your body.