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How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose penile cancer?

When diagnosing penile cancer, the more information you can give your doctor about symptoms, including their first appearance, length of time you've had the symptoms, and any changes that have occurred, the better. Also consider and have ready answers for factors that could place you in risk groups, such as previous diagnosis of human papilloma virus (HPV), sexual activity, frequency and length of exposure to sunlight or artificial tanning services, your personal hygiene, and smoking. If you are seeing a specialist or a new doctor, be sure that this doctor has access to your medical history and medications that you are currently taking. If possible, visit the doctor with a family member or friend, who can help you process the large amounts of new information.

Do not be afraid to ask questions of your doctor during the appointment. Have a list of questions ready regarding the type of cancer you may have, diagnosis, prognosis (outlook), treatment, and effect on your lifestyle.

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