Cancer Research UK on Google+ Cancer Research UK on Facebook Cancer Research UK on Twitter

Symptoms of penile cancer

Men and women discussing penile cancer

This page tells you about the possible symptoms of cancer of the penis. There is information on

 

A quick guide to what's on this page

Symptoms of penile cancer

It is important to be aware of what is normal for you and report any changes to your doctor. Penile cancer symptoms may include

  • A growth or sore on the penis that doesn’t heal within 4 weeks - it can look like a wart, ulcer or blister and is not always painful
  • Bleeding from the penis or from under the foreskin
  • A foul smelling discharge
  • Difficulty in drawing back the foreskin (phimosis)
  • A rash on the penis
  • A change in the colour of the penis or foreskin

These symptoms do not always mean you have penile cancer. They may be symptoms of other medical conditions, such as sexually transmitted diseases.

If you have advanced penile cancer you may have other symptoms including swollen lymph nodes in your groin, tiredness, pain in your abdomen (tummy) or bones and weight loss.

Men are often embarrassed or frightened by symptoms and may put off going to their doctor until their cancer is more advanced. It is important to report any symptoms to your doctor straight away.

 

CR PDF Icon You can view and print the quick guides for all the pages in the about penile cancer section.

 

 

Symptoms of penile cancer

The symptoms of penile cancer can be seen on the skin of the penis. It is important to be aware of what is normal for you and report any changes to your doctor. Penile cancer symptoms may include

  • A growth or sore on the penis that doesn’t heal within 4 weeks - it can look like a wart, ulcer or blister and is not always painful
  • Bleeding from the penis or from under the foreskin
  • A foul smelling discharge
  • Difficulty in drawing back the foreskin (phimosis)
  • A rash on the penis
  • A change in the colour of the penis or foreskin

These symptoms do not always mean you have penile cancer. They may be symptoms of other medical conditions, such as sexually transmitted diseases. But it is important that you see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. All men should examine their testicles once a month to check for testicular cancer. This is a good time to look for any changes on and around your penis too.

 

Symptoms of advanced penile cancer

If you have advanced penile cancer (stage 3 or 4) you may have other symptoms too. These include

  • A lump (swollen lymph node) in your groin
  • Feeling tired
  • Abdominal (tummy) pain
  • Pain in your bones
  • Loss of weight

Men are often embarrassed or frightened by such symptoms and may put off going to their doctor until their cancer is more advanced. So it is important to report any symptoms to your doctor straight away. This means that if you have cancer, you can get it diagnosed and treated early.

Rate this page:
Submit rating

 

Rated 4 out of 5 based on 30 votes
Rate this page
Rate this page for no comments box
Please enter feedback to continue submitting
Send feedback
Question about cancer? Contact our information nurse team

No Error

Updated: 21 January 2014