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Screening

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

What is screening?

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

  • need to be reliable at picking up cancers
  • overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
  • must be something that people are willing to do

Screening tests are not perfect and have some risks. The screening programme should also be good value for money for the NHS.

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.

Last reviewed: 
07 Nov 2018
  • Penile Cancer Guidelines
    OW Hakenberg and others
    European Association of Urology, 2015

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

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