What if we said you had a 1 in 100,000 chance of something unpleasant happening to you? Not bad, right? What if we added that the 0.0001 percent chance was for something that might happen to your penis? That's going to get your attention, right? Now the chance seems a little higher even though it stayed the same.

Penile cancer is the "something." It is a very rare type of cancer—accounting for less than 1 percent of all cancers in U.S. men—and it typically affects only men older than 50 or 60. However, like all other cancers, it's important to recognize, particularly because its symptoms are almost impossible to miss.

Healthcare organizations have no universal recommendations for penile cancer screenings, but fortunately, it can often be detected early because of visible symptoms. Given an early diagnosis and treatment, localized penile cancer has a relative five-year survival rate of 80 percent. The rate drops drastically if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

The key is detecting it early, so it's important to be aware of the