Peyronie’s Disease Statistics
Helpful Statistical Information on Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s Disease is a disorder that only affects men. Thankfully, there is adequate information about this problem that men can be well-informed about it. Doctors have enough resources on the statistics of this disease/disorder to help as well. Here are some of those stats and info to help you feel more at ease if you think your penis has this problem.
- Prevalence is less than one percent to twenty-three percent.
- Progression of disease stops after 3-12 months.
- Primarily affects men 45-60yrs.
- Certain autoimmune disorders increase chances of developing Peyronie’s.
- Number of cases may actually be higher.
- It is not an STD.
- Trauma causes it.
- Prevalence vs. Incidence regarding diagnosis
- Different stats for different countries.
EMedicineHealth.Com Prevalence Stats
EMedicineHealth.com reports that Peyronie’s Disease has a prevalence of less than one percent to twenty-three percent. This stat shows just how underreported the disease is and how often it may actually occur. That said, you should know that you are definitely not alone, and that it affects other men too.
StatsisticStats.com Stats on Progression of Peyronie’s
StatisticsStats.com reports that most cases of Peyronie’s Disease stops in progression three to twelve months after onset. This means that from the first time you see a curvature in your penis or a lump of hardened tissue in your penis that causes it to bend, the disease will stop somewhere between three and twelve months. It will not get worse after it stops being a problem.
Stats from Peyronie’s-disease-help.com Regarding Age of Sufferers
Peyronie’s-disease-help.com reports that almost all cases of Peyronie’s disease affect men ages 45 to 60 years, although you can be as young as 18 and as old as 80. The average age of diagnosis is purportedly 53. It means that you could end up with Peyronie’s at any age or stage of life, not just between 45 and 60.
NIH/NIDDK Reports Higher Incidences and Risks Among Men with Related Autoimmune Disorders
The National Institute of Health, or NIH, and its division for Diabetes and Digestive Disorders reports that there are higher risks and incidences for the development of Peyronie’s Disease. These disorders include Dupuytren’s and scleroderma, which affect ligaments and thickening of the skin on all areas of the body, including the penis. Exact numbers are unknown because men do not report their curved penises when they are being examined and treated for the autoimmune disorders.
UrologyHealth.org Reports Lower to Higher Incidences
UrologyHealth.org reports that the incidence of reported cases of Peyronie’s is around 6 percent for men between 40 and 70, but it may be much higher than that. Men often refuse to seek help for embarrassing conditions. That is why it could be as high as twenty or thirty percent.
UrologyCare.org Lets You Know You Didn’t Get It From Unprotected Sex
It is easy to assume that you contracted Peyronie’s Disease from having sex, since the name of the disorder contains the word “disease.” However, Peyronie’s is not a sexually transmitted disease or infection. You cannot get it from having unprotected sex, and you cannot give it to another male partner during gay sex if you have Peyronie’s already.
A very large percentage of men assume that this is how they got the bend in their penises, but they are assuming incorrectly.
RightDiagnosis.com Reports That Trauma Is the Primary Cause
RightDiagnosis.com reports that a number of cases of Peyronie’s Disease develop as a result of trauma to the penis. In absence of other autoimmune disorders and a family history of Peyronie’s, trauma becomes the primary suspect and cause. Any lover who has intentionally or accidentally bent your penis the wrong way or tried to fold it while it was erect may have damaged it enough to cause Peyronie’s.
RightDiagnosis.com Also Suggests Looking at Incidence Versus Prevalence
Incidence is the number of new cases of Peyronie’s reported each year. As you might expect with an underreported disease, the newest incidents and incidence rate are extremely low (which is where the less than one percent on other stats sites comes from).
Prevalence, however, looks at how common this disease is among men in the United States, as well as how prevalent it is around the globe. Stats in other countries are kept in international databases like Orphanet, which tracks prevalence and genetic factors of Peyronie’s throughout most of Europe. Prevalence stats present much higher than incidence rates because prevalence is tracking current and known cases.
In many countries, Peyronie’s Disease is considered a “rare” disease because it can only be tracked by the number of reported new cases and known cases. If significantly more men are affected and would be diagnosed, then the categorization of “rare” as it applies to this disease would change. In Europe, a rare disease is one in every two thousand people.
In the U.S., a rare disease is one in every 200,000 people. Obviously, there are dramatic differences in what Europe and the United States considers to be a rare disease. This also complicates the statistics on Peyronie’s Disease, since what is considered rare in one country or continent is not as rare in another.
Best Advice After Being Well-Informed
The best advice you can receive after making yourself well-informed is to see a doctor. For most men this means scheduling an appointment with their urologists. Your urologist can examine your penis, look for thickening lumps of tissue in your penis, and determine whether or not the problem will go away on its own.
If the problem does not go away on its own, most urologists will recommend various treatments, including steroid shots in the shaft of your penis, or surgery to remove penile scar tissue and restore a fully erect and functional penis. Discuss the stats from above with your doctor to see what he/she thinks, and then go from there.