Since it's Men's Health Month, I want to remind you folks that it's important for guys to get the package inspected. Those of you who have pubescent sons should be taking them to the doctor for a check-up, too - or at least be teaching them what to look for, what is normal and natural, so they will know if something isn't working, or looking, as it should.
Today, inspect that cock. Tip to root. Make sure that foreskin (if you have one) easily retracts and restores. Pay close attention to the head.
Look for odd discolorations, dry patches that won't heal, lumps or bumps that don't belong there.
Penile cancer - cancer of the cock - is no laughing matter and it strikes 1 in 100,000 men in the US, and 1 in 250,000 in Australia. (Fewer than 500 per year in the UK - don't know what those Brits do that's different, but perhaps one my Faithful Readers there can enlighten us.) Though cancer knows no prejudice of age, it does strike men over the age of 60 more often (perhaps due to a penchant for nude sunbathing - be sure to slather plenty of SPF on your cock and balls if you indulge (as I do) and has been diagnosed in guys under 12.
Symptoms of Penile Cancer:
- 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
- Phimosis (foreskin will not retract) - We've talked about this one before, but never in conjunction with cancer.
There are some pretty nasty looking photos on the internet that I'll spare you from. If you insist on seeing how awful it can get, just google 'penile cancer' - it should be enough to scare you into making an appointment if you've got any of the above mentioned symptoms.
In case you need a reminder, here's what a healthy cock looks like: