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Carcinoma of the penis: Epidemiology, risk factors, and pathology

Curtis A Pettaway, MD
Section Editor
Jerome P Richie, MD, FACS
Deputy Editor
Michael E Ross, MD


Carcinoma of the penis is a rare malignancy that typically presents as a painless lump or ulcer on the penis. The vast majority of cases are epithelial squamous cell carcinoma.

The epidemiology, risk factors, and pathology of carcinoma of the penis are reviewed here.

The clinical presentation, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of penile cancer are covered separately:

(See "Carcinoma of the penis: Clinical presentation, diagnosis, and staging".)

(See "Carcinoma of the penis: Surgical and medical treatment".)

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