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 2,200 men 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 (HPV), (see Risk Factors and Prevention to learn more). Penile cancer is more common in some parts of Africa, Asia, and South America.
About 440 men will die from the disease this year.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of men 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 men with penile cancer is 67%. However, survival rates depend on several factors, including the stage of the disease.
The 5-year survival rate for men with penile cancer that has not spread when it is first diagnosed is about 82%. If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is about 50%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is about 12%.
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. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society website (January 2020).
The next section in this guide is Risk Factors and Prevention. It explains what factors may increase the chance of developing penile cancer. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.