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How do other illnesses affect penile cancer?

Human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease, increases the risk of developing penile cancer. Certain treatments for psoriasis (a skin disease), such as a class of drugs called psoralens followed by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, are also risk factors for penile cancer. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) also make penile cancer more likely because it weakens your body's natural defenses against disease. Finally, a rare genetic disorder called xeroderma pigmentosum, which makes you more sensitive to sunlight and impairs your body's repairing of UV damage, puts you at much greater risk of penile and other skin cancers.

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