What is Penis Cancer?

Penis is the male organ of copulation. Penis cancer is a growth found either on the skin or in the tissue of the penis. Penis cancer can only spread to other parts of the body; the penis is rarely a secondary organ. There are five main stages of the development of penis cancer. The first stage is when the penis glands or the foreskin is affected, followed by infection of the shaft of the skin. This is followed by infection of the penis and the surrounding lymph nodes and eventually beyond the groin area into other parts of the body. The fifth stage is if the cancer is a recurrent after treatment.

The exact causes of penis cancer are not known but there are certain risk factors that are thought to be associated with it:  Smoking, Phimosis (tightness of prepuce), Treatment of psoriasis with UV light, Age and HIV, Poor hygiene, Lack of certain vitamins and nutrients. Symptoms of penis cancer include Redness of the penis, Irritation on the penis, a sore on the penis; A lump on the penis.Treatment of penis cancer depends on the stage or extent of its spread. These generally include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy. Particular treatment include: Local excision (where tumour and surrounding tissue is removed), Microsurgery, Laser surgery (laser light used to burn away cancerous cells), Circumcision (where cancerous foreskin is removed), Penictomy (where the penis is removed and the associated lymph nodes. This occurs if it is urethral cancer.

Food and nutrition play a big part in the management of all types of cancer. Eating cruciferous vegetables like spinach and kale, which have abundant vitamins A, K, C and vital amino acids can actually reverse some of the symptoms of cancer by removing dangerous chemicals from the body. Proper hygiene at all times also plays an important role in keeping cancer, especially penis cancer, at bay.

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