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Does penile cancer run in families?

While genetics is not a direct factor in your risk of penile cancer, genetic traits, such as fair skin, can increase your risk of penile and other skin cancers. Other factors, which are fortunately more within your control, are more likely to increase your risk of penile cancer. Washing your penis thoroughly, including under the foreskin if you are uncircumcised, is the best way to prevent penile cancer. Limiting your sexual activity to one or a few partners and wearing a condom during intercourse reduce the risk of catching human papilloma virus (HPV), which increases the risk of penile cancer.

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