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J Fam Pract. 1997 Apr;44(4):407-10.

Carcinoma in situ of the penis in a 76-year-old circumcised man.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Marshfield Clinic Lakeland Center, Minocqua, Wisconsin, USA.


The commonly believed notion that circumcised men cannot develop penile cancer can result in delays in diagnosis. Recent medical literature has failed to confirm the protective effect of circumcision on penile neoplasms. Physicians need to be aware that men circumcised after 1 month of age may be at higher risk for penile cancer than those never circumcised.

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