ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with penile cancer each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
Penile cancer can be a deadly disease but usually is not. This year, an estimated 2,070 people in the United States will be diagnosed with penile cancer. Penile cancer is uncommon in the United States and makes up less than 1% of all cancer diagnosed in men. Many cases of penile cancer are related to the human papillomavirus or HPV (see Risk Factors and Prevention to learn more). Penile cancer is more common in some parts of Africa, Asia, and South America. Worldwide, an estimated 36,068 people were diagnosed with penile cancer in 2020.
It is estimated about 470 people in the United States will die from the disease this year. In 2020, an estimated 13,211 people died worldwide from penile cancer.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. In general, the 5-year survival rate for penile cancer in the United States is 65%. However, survival rates depend on several factors, including the stage of the disease.
The 5-year survival rate for people with penile cancer that has not spread when it is first diagnosed is about 80%. If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 50%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 9%.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with penile cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means the estimate may not reflect the results of advancements in how penile cancer is diagnosed or treated from the last 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the websites of the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. (All sources accessed February 2022.)
The next section in this guide is Risk Factors and Prevention. It describes the factors that may increase the chance of developing penile cancer and what may lower your risk. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.