How common is Peyronie’s disease?
If you have Peyronie’s disease (or think you might), you’re not alone. Peyronie’s disease may affect more than 9% of men. That is nearly 1 out of every 11.
Who gets Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease can occur in men of any age — from those in their 20s to those in their 70s — but it most often occurs during middle age. Because many men remain sexually active well into later life, more and more older men also experience the frustrations caused by Peyronie’s disease.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, and cigarette smoking, seem to be more common among men with Peyronie’s disease. Invasive procedures, like prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) may also increase the risk of developing Peyronie’s disease. However, the link between these factors and developing the disease has not been conclusively proven. Men with a family history of Peyronie’s disease or with a related hand condition called Dupuytren’s contracture may be more likely to develop this condition.
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