I have phimosis, very tight forskin not being to retract in all states. I also studied smegma gets accumulated under the skin and frequent washing is necessary. i am 25 years old and i have not cleaned the smegma even once. Is there a potential chance for penis cancer. Please help me out really worried.
* I have not tried much in streching Because i was afraid i would tear it down and i have no problems in mastubation or urintaion.
If you're a smoker and don't wash your hands before handling your penis, there's a small possibility of getting penile cancer. However, you'd probably contract lung cancer before that would happen. Otherwise, it's pretty doubtful that you run any worse odds than any other man, intact or circumcised.
You're not the first man in history not ever to have retracted his foreskin. If it's not bothering you, there's really no need to change it. What prompted your visit here?
I have a couple of interesting "takes", or points of view on your comments there.
Firstly, you state that you "studied" that smegma accumulates under the foreskin. Well, what sort of "study" was this? I suspect that you mean you read something to this effect. Well, that is in fact true, as far as it goes. It is also true that earwax accumulates in your ears - have you thought about that?
The point is, if you are going to study something, why not go straight to the "source"? Have you studied your penis - have you looked for the smegma? Perhaps more to the point if you cannot retract at all, have you felt whether there is any smegma present, by feeling through your foreskin. Clearly, if there are any lumps that you can feel between your relatively thin foreskin and your glans (penis head), then you might be concerned about it, but if you can neither see nor feel anything, then it might be reasonable to conclude this is no problem.
Next, "frequent washing is necessary". This is also something you read? I wonder whether the writer actually had a foreskin and did this? If he was American, chances are, he did not. Let's get back to the earwax - is "frequent washing" necessary? Let me give you a prompt: not only is it not necessary inside your ears, it is in fact, harmful as it encourages the growth of fungi (mould).
Well, rinsing your penis and under your foreskin with plain water isn't going to cause it any problems - in fact, you probably do something similar every time you pee, because your urine is clean (generally sterile in fact,) and tends to wash the space under your foreskin, particularly if the foreskin is tight. So, either the foreskin is tight and tends to "blow up" with urine when you pee, which flushes out any excess of smegma, or it's loose enough for you to rinse it when you shower.
What you do not want to do, is to get soap under your foreskin because it is difficult to get it all out again, and soap irritates the skin, which causes it to grow faster and flake away in fine flakes. It also causes an increase in the secretion of oil (like your ears), and the combination of the skin debris and oil is called - smegma!
In short, smegma is a response to irritation, which may be caused by the use of soap.
One other thing - you've mentioned masturbation - I'll bet you masturbate by rubbing the foreskin over the glans (penis head)? And you would do this perhaps - every second day, or even daily? Well, that action actually "massages" any smegma under the foreskin, loosening it so it comes out when you pee - or rinse. So, if you don't have a buildup of smegma (and in fact, most men do not to any substantial degree), it's probably because you don't use soap and do masturbate.
Penis cancer? Well, there are various factors for this, Jim has mentioned tar from cigarette smoking, the other is HPV (Human PapillomaVirus) infection which is a sexually-transmitted disease for which a vaccine called Gardasil has just been released, though it is very expensive and presently targeted to women, in whom cervical cancer is much more common than penile cancer is in men. So this risk is very much dependent on you having sex with enough women to acquire the virus.
Now stretching. Tell me perhaps the last time you tore part of your skin by stretching it. How did you do this?
In general, I think it is desirable that you have a "normally" functioning foreskin, the various alternate behaviours of which I have discussed in previous threads, and I think there is some hygiene or aesthetic advantage in having the foreskin retractable, as long as you do not consider it either an absolute or urgent necessity - as you say, it's done you just fine for 25 years so far.
March 23 2007, 9:02 PM
Thanks Jim and Paul for the advice.
I did not study smegma was just reading all the materials related to it. sorry about that.
I have started tried streching and i have not streched before.
I never realized that foreskin should retract this was my due to my negligence. I have already read some message on this forum but i intented to ask the question if streching fails. If streching fails should i go for some treatments.
Jim i came to know about the forum just through browsing. It had good replies for the questions and infact i found a good artcile about streching with pictures.
We don't believe in failure. Skin will always respond to tension in the absence of disease. The only way it could not is for you not to apply the tension.
Lar (no login)
April 27 2007, 8:50 PM
About the ear wax comment: as it turns out, in addition to former partial phimosis, I have a condition called Swimmer's Ear, which is excessive ear wax production along with narrow ear canals, which makes cleaning my ears impossible with typical Q-tips. Doctors have told me not to insert anything into my ears at all because this will shove the wax down even farther. I have the wax sucked out with a special instrument twice a year. So as far as build-up of organic material in various bodily crevices, I don't think you should worry about cancer just yet.
Lar makes a good point that build-ups of material similar to smegma in other bodily areas are not (significantly) associated with the development of cancer.
Cancer of the penis remains a curious disease. It is rare in the developed or "first" world - which tends to include people on the Internet. It is however, considerably more frequent in the "third world" (or however you call it), and we can reasonably conclude that something to do with poor health - and perhaps poor medical care - is involved.
It clearly is true that circumcised men are at less risk. One obvious explanation of this is that a substantial proportion of cases occur on the foreskin, so if you do not have one, then you cannot develop a cancer on it. Smoking certainly appears to play a part, but it is generally agreed that phimosis is by far the most important risk, and balano-posthitis (inflammation of the foreskin and the glans) is closely related to this.
It seems the contribution of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is somewhat disputed. The summary by the American Cancer Society details all these factors - and sensibly notes that circumcision is not a legitimate "preventative".
Oh, and (like the majority of cancers) the risk becomes far more real with advancing age, so whatever concerns you may have at present, you may be assured that the appropriate approach is to get the situation (phimosis) sorted out now.
As best as I can say, if you
correct the phimosis,
keep clean, which does not involve the use of soap under your foreskin,
never smoke, or live with smokers,
eat well, avoiding "processed" foods and those with "preservative" additives, such as to maintain a healthy body weight,
restrict yourself to one faithful sexual partner
and exercise sensibly
then you should have no fear of this cancer (or indeed, many others, as well as cardiovascular disease which is arguably a far worse risk than cancer). Such people are very, very unlikely to suffer penile cancer, while each of these things (and in roughly that priority) compound such a risk - that is to say, it is not one of them, but the combination that is the risk.
Actually, it's hard to say beyond that, as all of these are so intimately associated.
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