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Can penile cancer be prevented?

Preventing penile cancer can be as simple as avoiding known risk factors. Although uncircumcised man have been shown to have a lower risk of developing penile cancer, current researchers believe that other factors play a more primary role in causing penile cancer. Circumcising an adult man provides no proven protection against cancer, and circumcision in infants should be based on parental preference.

In both circumcised and uncircumcised men, thoroughly washing the penis is the most important means of prevention. Avoiding human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease which has been linked to both cervical and penile cancer, can also go a long way to preventing penile cancer. Holding off sexual activity until later in life, keeping to a small number of sexual partners, and wearing condoms during sex can help to reduce the chances of acquiring HPV.

If you want to reduce your risk of penile cancer even more, quit smoking, take regular vitamins (especially vitamin D), and perform regular skin checks.

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