A woman who has become infected with the penis-specific Penile Polyp can have penile cancer and have to undergo surgery, a new study has found.
A woman who developed an infection with Penile Penis Pox (PPP) in August 2013 at a Sydney hospital and was subsequently diagnosed with Penicillium polypum (POP) is unlikely to have cancer.
But the woman is still likely to have a high risk of developing penile cancers as a result of her infection, the study found.PEP, which stands for penile epithelial polyp, is a common complication of Penile Pox, and can be life-threatening.
“If we look at a woman’s history and her PEP, there’s a very high likelihood that she’ll have a penile carcinoma,” said Dr Richard Aylward, a paediatric urologist at the University of Sydney.
Dr Aylwards said it was important to identify which PEPs a woman had and to be aware of their risk of being diagnosed with them.
“You need to be very careful about what you’re eating, particularly as it can be very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which may contribute to penile polyp,” he said.
“If you’re really concerned about the risk of a penicle cancer, then you should be really careful about the kind of diet you’re consuming, especially if you’re not taking omega-6 supplements.”
The more omega-5 fatty acids you’re taking, the higher the risk.
“Dr Steven Sturgis from the Victorian State Government’s Cancer Research Unit said there was no doubt that PEP was a serious condition.”
It’s really important to understand the full scope of the disease,” he told the ABC.”
There are very serious complications of penile PEP and we have to deal with that.
“Dr Sturgas said the Victorian Government was currently reviewing the Penile Health Policy, which includes advice on the prevention of PEP.
It will also look at what options could be available to prevent penile Polyps.”
We’re not yet in the position to make any recommendations on the policy itself,” he added.
The Victorian Health Department said it had not received any complaints about the lack of advice from the State Government about the possible health risks of PPP.
PEP is a rare condition, but there is a strong association between PEP infection and prostate cancer.
Protein intake is a key determinant of whether or not a man develops PPP, and has been linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer in recent years.
Policymakers in Australia and New Zealand have recently introduced dietary guidelines for men to reduce the risk, but the Australian Government is working to increase the intake of fish.
In February, the New Zealand government also introduced a policy aimed at reducing the incidence of penicillitis.
However, the guidelines do not recommend eating fish in isolation, and the new guidelines do suggest eating more fish when eating out.
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