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Find out about why there is no screening programme for penile cancer.

No screening available

There is no national screening programme because:

  • this condition is very rare, so many people would have unnecessary tests
  • the benefits don't outweigh the costs

Talk to your GP if you think you are at higher than average risk of penis cancer.

What screening is

Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:

  • must be reliable at picking up the illness
  • must be simple and quick
  • overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
Last reviewed: 
01 Apr 2016
  • Penile Cancer Guidelines
    OW Hakenberg and others
    European Association of Urology, 2015

  • Epidemiology and Natural History of Penile Cancer 
    R Mariela and others
    Urology, August 2010

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