Cancer of the Glans Penis

What is the Glans Penis?

The glans penis, also known as the head of the penis, is the sensitive bulbous structure at the distal end of the human penis. 

What is Cancer of the Glans Penis?

Cancer refers to a disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue. Cancer of the Glans Penis refers to cancer cells that form in penile tissue.  


The first sign of penile cancer is often a change in the skin of the penis. This is most likely to be on the glans (tip) of the penis or on the foreskin (in uncircumcised men), but it can also be on the shaft. These changes may include:

  • An area of skin becoming thicker
  • Changes in the skin color
  • A lump 
  • An ulcer (sore) that might bleed
  • A reddish, velvety rash under the foreskin
  • Small, crusty bumps
  • Flat, bluish-brown growths
  • Smelly discharge (fluid) or bleeding under the foreskin


Treatment options for penile cancer depend mainly on the stage (extent) and grade of the cancer, but other factors can also be important.