Prostate cancer is one of those looming concerns for most men that often doesn't get taken seriously until men find themselves approaching the typical at-risk age.

A more immediate concern for a lot of men is the size and shape of their penis—but the distance between prostate cancer and penile length isn't all that far. This is especially true for men who are diagnosed with an intermediate or high-risk form of the disease that necessitates surgical intervention to prevent significant consequences, such as the death of the patient or long-term effects resulting from metastatic disease.

Explaining radical prostatectomy and penile damage

"Radical prostatectomy, in general, is for patients who have prostate cancer," said Wael Almajed, M.D., a urologist and sexual medicine specialist at Tulane University in New Orleans. He further noted that prostatectomy is generally reserved for patients experiencing intermediate to high-risk iterations of the disease. This is because prostate cancer, in its higher risk capacity, has a dangerous chance of metastasizing,