Few things make a man more nervous than the possibility of something seriously wrong with his penis – and things rarely get more serious than cancer. Where penis health is concerned, worry about cancer is way up there. Fortunately, penis cancer is rare, responsible for only about 1% of all cancer cases in men. But that doesn’t decrease its ability to strike fear in a man. And some men may have become especially concerned recently when articles began appearing that seem to link a bent penis to an increased likelihood of contracting cancer.
These articles were largely based on a study published in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility. The data was first presented at the American Society for Reproductive Cancer Scientific Congress.
Entitled “Increased risk of cancer among men with Peyronie’s disease,” the study examined whether there was a clinical link between Peyronie’s disease and genetically-linked conditions, such as cancer. It was a retrospective cohort study, which means that it looked at existing data among a group of men and mined the data for information (as opposed to setting up a new test among a group or groups of people and seeing the results of this new test).
The study looked at more than 48,000
men with Peyronie’s disease, a condition in which a man experiences a
severely bent penis rather than the simple curvature many men
experience. In most cases, the severely bent penis is due to a build-up
of fibrous scar tissue, or plaque, often from the penis having been
traumatized by rough handling. The study also looked at more than
1,100,000 men with erectile dysfunction and at more than 480,000
“controls” who had neither a bent penis nor erectile issues.
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