Penile cancer is a rare type ofcancer that occurs on the skin of the penis or withinthe penis.

In the UK, around 550 men are diagnosed with cancer of the penis each year. It most commonly affects men over 60 years of age.

Over the last 30 years, the number of penile cancer cases has increased by more than 20%, possibly due to changes in sexual practices.

However, improvements in diagnosis, staging and treatment have led to a similar reduction in the number of deaths resulting from the condition.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 27 May 2016