Our Affiliate System

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019

Penile Cancer

Definition

Penile cancer is a malignant growth found on the skin or in the tissues of the penis. Around 95% of penile cancers are squamous cell carcinomas which arise from normal skin.

Risk Factors

  • Being age 60 or older.
  • Having phimosis (a condition in which the foreskin of the penis cannot be pulled back over the glans).
  • Having poor personal hygiene.
  • Having many sexual partners.
  • Having Human Papillomavirus infection (HPV)
  • Using tobacco products.

Symptoms

Signs of penile cancer include:
• Redness of the penis
• Rash on the penis
• Foul smelling discharge from the penis
• Pain in the penis
• Growth or sore on the penis that doesn’t heal within four weeks (may look like a wart, ulcer, or blister), may or may not be painful
• Bleeding from the penis or from under the foreskin
• Change in color of the penis
• Inability to retract the foreskin

Treatment

Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
• The stage of the cancer.
• The location and size of the tumor.
• Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back).