Some men who develop penile cancer have obvious symptoms in the early stages. Others may not have signs until the disease has spread. Symptoms vary from man to man. They may include:
- Change in the skin of the penis
- Wart-like growth or lesion that may or may not be painful
- Open sore that won't heal
- Reddish rash
- Small, crusty bumps
- Flat, bluish-brown growths
- Swelling at the end of the penis
- Persistent, smelly discharge under the foreskin
- Swollen lymph nodes in the groin if the cancer has spread
You may not be able to see these changes unless the foreskin is pulled back.
Unfortunately, many men do not want to talk about these symptoms with their doctors. This may delay them from seeking treatment until penile cancer is advanced and harder to treat.
Although these symptoms may not mean you have penile cancer, you should report any changes in the penis to your doctor as soon as possible. They may be signs of another health problem.