The relationship between penile cancer and personal hygiene

Poor hygiene is closely associated with penile cancer. In fact, about 90% of cases occurs in patients with phimosis (a condition where the foreskin can not retract made over the glans), which is more complicated the cleanliness of this area.

By contrast, in cultures where children are circumcised shortly after birth, as in Israel and in Arab countries, the incidence of penile cancer is minimal. In the case of countries like Spain the tumor reaches 3% of males, compared to poorer regions of the world where hygiene is rather scarce, in which penile cancer reaches 20% of the male population, as revealed in LXXIV National Congress of the Spanish Association of Urology (AEU).

According to Dr. Bernardino Miñana, coordinator of Urologic Oncology Group of the AEU, "circumcision phimosis in patients with a surgical option is recommended both for functional reasons and to prevent penile cancer if done on newborns. In men who retain the foreskin, which are not circumcised, the risk seems to increase due to chronic irritation caused by retention of a substance called smegma, which tends to accumulate in balanopreputial space between the foreskin and the glans. Hence it is essential and proper daily cleaning of the area. However, up to 50% of cases it is possible to detect the presence of infection by serotypes 16 and 18 of human papillomavirus.

Since the penis is an external body is easier to detect any abnormality with the naked eye, which favors a much earlier diagnosis when a tumor.

Symptoms of penile cancer

Generally, this disease often produce an abnormal growth or a permanent penis red lesion.
Experts recommend paying attention if you develop sores, wounds, redness of the glans.

In the presence of any of these symptoms, which may not necessarily be due to penile cancer, it is important to immediately consult a urologist, to rule out a tumor.

Who gets more penile cancer?

Most diagnoses is men over 55-60 years. However, Dr. Miñana says, "but we are still with tumor spread in elderly people who, from fear and shame, not consulted at the earliest signs.

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