Man has amputated part of his penis after & # 39; strangulation & # 39; with a rubber band

Man has amputated part of his penis after & # 39; strangulation & # 39; by trying to use a rubber band to prevent his skin cancer from spreading

  • The 65-year-old patient was treated by doctors at a hospital in Tokyo, Japan
  • They diagnosed him with squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer on his penis
  • He had wrapped a piece of elastic around his member to try and get rid of it
  • But this cut into the flesh and doctors had to remove it during surgery

A man had amputated part of his penis after strangling it with a rubber band & # 39; to try to grow a cancerous tumor.

The 65-year-old patient went to the hospital because of pain in his genitals and doctors discovered he was trying to treat a skin cancer with a piece of elastic.

By the time they had removed the rubber band during the operation, it had cut into the skin and damaged the tissue.

They called the incident & # 39; a rare emergency & # 39; and said that men were more often stuck to their penises in jokes or sexual setbacks.


An expert told MailOnline that using the band & # 39; certainly not wise & # 39; and that men often try to cure health problems themselves when it comes to their penis, but they have to overcome the shame and see a doctor as soon as possible.

A 65-year-old patient seen by doctors in Tokyo had an elastic band wrapped around the base of his penis in a desperate attempt to stop the spread of skin cancer tumors (stock image)

A 65-year-old patient seen by doctors in Tokyo had an elastic band wrapped around the base of his penis in a desperate attempt to stop the spread of skin cancer tumors (stock image)

Doctors at Koto Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, treated the man, who also received dialysis treatment for kidney failure.

He had pain in his penis for two months, although it is unclear how long the elastic band lay there.

When they examined him, the doctors found what they described as & # 39; a cauliflower-shaped penis … around the glans (head of the) penis & # 39 ;.

Graphic photos published with the case report showed well-developed, rough-looking tumors that grew out of the man's penis.


These were diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer that accounts for approximately one fifth of all cancer cases in the UK and 90 percent of skin cancers.

In what seemed to be a desperate attempt to stop the spread of cancer, the Japanese patient had tied the elastic band at least twice around the width of his penis.


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the upper layers of the skin.

It often looks like flaky red spots, open sores, raised growths with a central dip or warts, all of which may scab or bleed.

They can become unsightly or life-threatening if they are allowed to grow.


In the US, more than one million people are diagnosed with SCC every year. The British prevalence is unclear.

SCC is mainly caused by excessive exposure to UV light from the sun or tanning beds.

People are more likely to suffer if they:

  • Have beautiful hair or skin
  • Work outdoors
  • Are older than 50
  • Have a personal or family history of the disease
  • Have a suppressed immune system, such as chemotherapy or AIDS patients

Although SCC can occur anywhere on the body, it is most common in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face and hands.

SCCs that are detected at an early stage and removed immediately are usually curable and cause minimal damage.


Treatment usually includes surgery to remove growth, as well as radiotherapy and topical medicines.

People can reduce their risk of developing the condition by:

  • Wearing a sunscreen with a high factor that is reapplied at least every two hours, or more while swimming
  • Cover with clothing
  • Looking for shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Do not use UV sunbeds

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

But Richard Viney, a urological surgeon who works for the NHS in Birmingham, told MailOnline: & I am not clear about the patient's motive to apply the tape or the surgical team to leave the tape in place prior to surgery. It would certainly not be an effective or sensible way to treat cancer. & # 39;

He said that even if the process worked by killing the cancerous tissue, the penis would probably still be infected and needed surgery to fix it.


The Japanese doctors led by Dr. Takahiro Yoshida, wrote: & although the strangulation of the penis was found by a rubber band at the root of the penis, the (swelling) in the glans and around the strangulation were low and blood flow was low. .. was not bad. & # 39;

They warned that strangulation of the penis cuts off vital blood circulation and can cause tissue in the penis to die and to be excised.

It can also cause swelling or blood poisoning, even if this happens only temporarily.

The man's cancer had not spread and he had no serious complications from the operation, so he could go home from the hospital after two weeks.

Viney added: & # 39; As for the penis, men can be very reluctant to discuss problems with their doctors.

Ze They will often try different homeopathic treatments before they emerge and strangulation of the penis in this way is one of those techniques.

& # 39; Narrowing the penis in this way is badly advised. If you have a problem with your genitals, shame is understandable, but you should always have these things checked as quickly as possible. Delays can only make things worse. & # 39;

Although blood poisoning or gangrene had not occurred in the case of this patient, surgeons still had to cut off part of his penis to remove the cancer and the damaged tissue – an operation called partial penectomy.

In their newspaper, doctors revealed other medical reports that metal rings and tubes, plastic bottles, strings and wires were all used to strangle men's penises.

The use of soft products – usually rubber bands – was more often associated with attempts to alleviate medical conditions, while solid, usually metal, rings were used more often in jokes or sexual experiments.


The newspaper was published in the magazine Urology Case Reports.

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