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growths on penis

i am female and my partner for the last 6 months has two large (maybe a centimeter in diameter) fleshy growths on his penis (closer to the head than the base, but not near each other).  they are flesh colored, soft, painless, and irregular in shape.  they do not seem to have grown or changed at all since i have known him.  he says he has had them for a long time, and that he has been checked out by several doctors who say they are nothing to worry about, but could be removed if he wanted.  i never had any reason to think he was not telling me the truth.  but today for the first time he described them as benign lesions, supposedly caused by "fatty deposits" .  could they be genital warts?  my concern is that even if it is true they are benign and nothing to worry about for him, it may not necessarily mean they aren't hpv-related, which could expose me potentially to the virus and cervical cancer.  (i have always tested negative for hpv).  i know that men cannot be tested currently for hpv, but i wonder if you can make an educated guess from my description whether i should be concerned.
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Difficult to say without examination.

Genital warts are certainly possible.  Obtaining testing or biopsy can be considered to cement the diagnosis.  If they are warts, then yes, the chances of cervical cancer would increase via the transmission of possible HPV.  

Having the lesion evaluated by a dermatologist or urologist can be considered.  In the meantime, I encourage safe sexual practices with condoms.  

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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