Before talking about penile cancer symptoms and its warning signs, it is important to know the difference between the two. A sign is a phenomenon that can be observed and confirmed by a physician or healthcare professional, skin rash for instance. A symptom is something that only the person who experiences it can feel and know, pain or fatigue, for example.
Penile cancer is a rare cancer but in increasing. People tend neglect its warning signs. However, it is important to report any signs to a doctor before the tumor becomes advanced as it can spread very quickly. Penis cancer signs and symptoms can be similar to other medical conditions, which makes it almost impossible for a non-health professional to confirm the disease at the beginning. It is therefore important to consult a doctor if unusual symptoms occur.
Many cases of penile cancer can be detected early because the symptoms prompt men to seek medical attention. In practice, the occurrence of persistent redness on the penis, which gradually leads to a blister, not necessarily painful, should lead to prompt doctor consultation. The problem is the fact some men are embarrassed or hesitant to seek medical help when they have penile cancer symptoms; this can delay their treatment, thus worsening the prognosis.
Some common of penile cancer symptoms include the following:
- Mass in the groin
- Localized redness on the penis
- Thickening of the skin of the penis
- Itching or burning under the foreskin
- Swelling at theskin of thepenis
- Smelly discharge or bleeding from the penis or under the foreskin
- Lesion or mass in the glans or prepuce, painful or not, on the penis that does not heal
- Difficulty or Inability to retract the foreskin (or prepuce) covering the head (glans) of the penis (Phimosis).
At the beginning, patients tend to experience only Itching or burning under the foreskin. It is onlyduring the evolution of the tumor that appear burning, itching, bleeding and increase in volume of the glans.
Later Penile Cancer Symptoms
Other more serious symptoms can occur as the tumor grows and spreads to other organs. These signs and symptoms will vary from one patient to another. The most common may include:
- Bone pain
- Weight loss
- Malaise or general weakness
- Upset stomach
- Morphological Change of the penis.
Signs and Symptoms of Possible Complications
Penis cancer frequently spreads to distant organs of the body (metastasis) at early stages; which make early diagnosis very important. The signs of complications depend on the other organ affected. Therefore individuals need contact your health care provider immediately if you have any of the signs or symptoms above associated pain or anomalies in any of the organs in the body.