Between 2012 and 2022, there were 21,000 reported cases, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Health. This resulted in more than 4,000 deaths and, over the past decade, there have been more than 6,500 amputations - averaging two each day.

Maranhão, the poorest state in Brazil, was found to have the highest incidence rate globally at 6.1 per 100,000 men.

Symptoms of penile cancer often start with a sore on the penis that does not heal and a strong-smelling discharge. Some people get bleeding and colour changes of the penis, too.

When detected early, there is a high chance of recovery through treatments such as the surgical removal of the lesion, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

But if left untreated, partial or total amputation of the penis, and possibly other nearby genital organs such as the testicles, may become necessary.

    • rowrowrowyourboat@sh.itjust.works
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      Yeah, but you still have a 99.999…% chance of not getting your dick amputated on any given day as a Brazilian.

      It’s still a minuscule chance of getting your dick amputated due to penile cancer. Penile cancer itself is extremely rare. Less than 0.01% chance.

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    From the article, it sounds like the HPV vaccine would help prevent these penile cancers.
    Refresh my memory… weren’t Republicans up in arms trying to prevent their children from getting the HPV vaccine?

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      Well, now I’m even more glad I got the HPV vaccine (I got the one for 9 types), damn.

      I always thought it’d be possible that getting HPV could lead to a penile amputation like maybe in insanely rare cases, but holy fuck that 6500 seems like a large number to think about when you consider that 1 is too many.

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    Good christ. Wash your dick, get your HPV vaccines, and don’t smoke. That sounds like a fucking nightmare if you need your urethra relocated.

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    2 a day is manageable from the stand point of what do you do with all these chopped off penises! You just get the specialty furnace lit up and you chuck the dicks in one at a time and watch as they ablate into a gas.

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    He was determined to find out what was going on.For five years João, not his real name, went back and forth to specialists who prescribed more medication and ordered new biopsies.

    This resulted in more than 4,000 deaths and, over the past decade, there have been more than 6,500 amputations - averaging two each day.Maranhão, the poorest state in Brazil, was found to have the highest incidence rate globally at 6.1 per 100,000 men.Symptoms of penile cancer often start with a sore on the penis that does not heal and a strong-smelling discharge.

    Some people get bleeding and colour changes of the penis, too.When detected early, there is a high chance of recovery through treatments such as the surgical removal of the lesion, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.But if left untreated, partial or total amputation of the penis, and possibly other nearby genital organs such as the testicles, may become necessary.João underwent a partial amputation in January and says it was a difficult time.

    “However, in total amputation, the urethral orifice can be relocated to the perineum, between the scrotum and the anus, requiring the patient to urinate while sitting on the toilet.”

    Mauricio Dener Cordeiro of the Brazilian Society of Urology says the persistent infection of human papillomavirus (HPV), a name given to a common group of viruses, is “one of the main risk factors”.

    “When a man does not expose the glans and fails to clean the foreskin properly, it produces a secretion that accumulates,” Dr Cordeiro says.


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