One diagnosis nobody wants to hear is that they have male organ cancer. Just the thought of cancer can send shivers down a grown-man’s spine. Unfortunately, many people ignore the warning signs of such an illness out of fear; they may suspect something is wrong for many months before finally going to the doctor. Sound familiar? Finding cancer -- of any kind -- in the earlier stages allows for the best possible outcome. Below are some of the signs of symptoms of male cancer that men should keep an out for when completing their daily male organ care routine. Taking a proactive stance at the first suspicious sign may just save a man’s life.
Is there such a thing as male organ cancer?
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Many men have heard of prostate cancer but are unfamiliar with male cancer. However, it is important to be aware that male organ cancer is very real, and can affect any man. Male organ cancer occurs when cancerous cells form in the tissue of the male organ; it generally starts in a skin cell, known as a squamous cell, and grows slowly from there. Rarely, male organ cancer can occur in the sweat glands of the male organ.
Male cancer signs and symptoms
Below are some of the most common signs of male cancer. Because the symptoms also overlap other conditions – including STD’s – it is important to consult a doctor for a diagnosis if any of these symptoms should persist.
1. Male organ sores
2. Male discharge
3. Bleeding from the male organ or sores
4. Painful male organ bumps or lumps
5. Persistent redness, or irritation of the male organ
Risk factors for male organ cancer
There are certain actions and behaviors in life that increase the risk of developing an illness or disease. Risk factors do not automatically mean a person will develop the disease – even if they have every single risk factor – but it allows a man to take stock of his behavior and consider how certain choices he is making may influence his long-term health. Risk factors for male organ cancer are:
• Having contracted Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
• Being uncircumcised
• Being over age 60
• Chronic, poor personal hygiene
• Smoking or using other tobacco products
• Having numerous intimate partners
• Having phimosos – when the sheath of the male organ is unable to retract over the head of the male organ
• Autoimmune disorders
• Certain psoriasis treatments
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Is male cancer treatable?
Thankfully, if caught in early stages, male cancer can be treated. Surgery is the most common method of treatment for male cancer. Below is a brief list of the surgical options for male cancer treatment.