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Are Men with Peyronie's Disease More Likely to Get any Other Illnesses?

Some men with Peyronie's disease (about 13 out of 100) get fibrosis in other parts of the body. The most common sites are the hands and feet. Dupuytren's contracture, in which fibrosis occurs in the tissue of the palm, is one health problem linked to Peyronie's disease. Dupuytren's contracture may lead to permanent bending of the outer fingers. It isn't clear what causes plaque to form in either disease, or why men with Peyronie's disease are more likely to get Dupuytren's contracture.

Does Peyronie's Disease Turn into Cancer?

Cells taken from Peyronie's plaques act like cancer cells in some ways, such as not dying normally and forming tumors when put into mice with no immune systems. But there has never been a case of Peyronie's disease that has turned into a cancer in a human.

If you have other symptoms that aren't often seen with Peyronie's disease, such as external bleeding, trouble peeing, or penile pain that lasts for a long time, your health care provider may take a sample of the tissue (biopsy) for further study.