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What is the current recommendation concerning penile cancer?

Recommendations for preventing penile cancer include washing your penis thoroughly (especially the area under the foreskin, if you are uncircumcised), practicing safe sex with a limited number of partners (to avoid getting human papilloma virus, or HPV), wearing sunscreen, staying out of direct sunlight for extended periods, and avoiding artificial tanning services. If you are a young man or have a young son, your doctor may recommend certain vaccines to reduce the risk of contracting HPV. These vaccines are more effective when administered before a young man becomes sexually active.

Recommendations for treating penile cancer include surgical removal or topical medications for small or early stage cancers, or chemotherapy or radiation therapy for more advanced stages when the cancer has spread inward.

Circumcision, either for a baby or an adult, is not recommended for the sole purpose of preventing penile cancer.

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