Penile basal cell carcinoma


  • A rare indolent neoplasm of the penis identical to its cutaneous counterpart

Clinical features


  • Very rare, only less than 50 cases reported even when scrotal tumors are included

  • Age range: 37–87 (usually above 40)

  • White men mostly

  • Etiology includes UV light, prior trauma, dermatitis, and prolonged irritation from truss in the etiology

  • Other risk factors: Ionizing radiation, arsenic ingestion, phimosis, trauma, chronic dermatitis, immunosuppression, and inherited syndromes such as nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum

  • No association with HPV infection

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