Over his long career, urologist Dr. Saeid Shamsian has treated a wide range of illnesses, including cancers of the penis, prostate, kidneys, and bladder. In the event patients suspect they may have penile cancer, they should consult with a specialist as experienced as Dr. Saeid Shamsian.

A relatively rare condition, penile cancer manifests in roughly 1,570 people in the United States annually. Of those, just over 300 eventually succumb to the disease.

The vast majority of penile cancers develop in the organ’s skin cells. In fact, 95 percent of such cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, meaning they first manifest in flat skin cells. Usually, the malignancy appears on the foreskin or glans of the penis. A slow-growing cancer, squamous cell carcinoma has a high curability rate if discovered early enough.

Another more dangerous type of cancer, melanoma, can appear on the penis, though it accounts for less than two percent of all penile cancers. Melanoma progresses quickly, making it the most life-threatening cancer of its kind.