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HPV-Associated Penile Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity

Penile cancer is another rare cancer. It is estimated that more than 1,168 new cases of HPV-associated penile cancers are diagnosed in the United States each year.* HPV-associated penile cancer is more common among Hispanic men than non-Hispanic men.

*Note: This study used cancer registry data to estimate the amount of HPV-associated cancer in the United States by examining cancer in parts of the body and cancer cell types that are more likely to be caused by HPV. Cancer registries do not collect data on the presence or absence of HPV in cancer tissue at the time of diagnosis. In general, HPV is thought to be responsible for about 63% of penile cancers.

HPV-Associated Penile Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity, United States, 2008–2012

Graph showing the age-adjusted incidence rates for penile cancer in the United States during 2008 to 2012 by race and ethnicity.

The graph above shows the age-adjusted incidence rates for HPV-associated penile cancer in the United States during 2008–2012. “AI/AN” means American Indian/Alaska Native, and “A/PI” means Asian/Pacific Islander. The rates shown are the number of men who were diagnosed with HPV-associated penile cancer for every 100,000 men. About 0.8 white men, 0.9 black men, 0.7 American Indian/Alaska Native men, and 0.4 Asian/Pacific Islander men were diagnosed with HPV-associated penile cancer per 100,000 men. About 1.3 Hispanic men were diagnosed with HPV-associated penile cancer per 100,000 men, compared to 0.7 non-Hispanic men.

This graph was adapted from Viens LJ, Henley SJ, Watson M, Markowitz LE, Thomas CC, Thompson TD, Razzaghi H, Saraiya M, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Human papillomavirus–associated cancers—United States, 2008–2012. MMWR 2016;65(26):661–666.

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