Malignant tumours of the penis are cancerous growths that have the potential to spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
The most common type of penile cancer is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). About 95% of penile cancers develop from flat, scale-like cells called squamous cells. SCC can develop anywhere on the penis, but most develop on the foreskin (in uncircumcised men) or the glans. This type of cancer is typically slow growing. When found early, it is often curable.
There are several subtypes of SCC:
There are several rare types of penile cancer:
A clinical trial led by the Society’s NCIC Clinical Trials group found that men with prostate cancer who are treated with intermittent courses of hormone therapy live as long as those receiving continuous therapy.