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How is penile cancer diagnosed?

The first step that your doctor will take in diagnosing penile cancer is to examine the skin of the penis and take your medical history. Because symptoms of penile cancer may be the same as or masked by symptoms of other conditions, your doctor will likely take a biopsy, removing a bit of the affected skin for study in a lab. If the penile cancer has spread internally, surgery may be required to see if it has spread to the lymph nodes. A number of noninvasive imaging procedures, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound, are available to check internal organs for spread of the cancer.

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