Types of penile cancer

The penis is made up of many different types of tissue. The type ofpenile cancer you have will depend on the typeof cell the cancer developed from.

The most common types of penile cancer include:

  • squamous cell penile cancer which accounts for more than 90% of cases and starts in the cells that cover the surface of the penis
  • carcinoma in situ (CIS) a particular type of squamous cell cancer where only the cells in the skin of the penis are affected and it hasn't spread any deeper
  • adenocarcinoma cancer that starts in the glandular cells of the penis that produce sweat
  • melanoma of the penis where the cancer develops in the skin cells that give the skin its colour

The Cancer Research UK website has more information about the different types of penile cancer .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018