What is Mole Cancer, Symptoms, Treatments and more


What is Mole Cancer?

Soft cancer is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium called Haemophilus ducreyi , an intracellular gram-negative bacillus, and is prevalent in more tropical regions, such as parts of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, South America and America Central. The bacterium that causes soft cancer was discovered in 1889 by the Italian dermatologist, bacteriologist and virologist Augusto Ducrey.

The disease, also known as cancer, simple venereal cancer or, popularly speaking, horse, was considered as a sequel to syphilis by doctors in the 15th and 16th centuries, but today it is known that the two STDs are different from one another and require treatments many different. In fact, already in the 2nd century AD, the Roman physician Galen recommended that different treatments be done for these two diseases.

Features and Transmission

Due to bacterial infection, the disease is characterized by open, irregular, reddish wounds, with a soft base and purulent bottom. They usually appear in or near the genital organ of both men and women, but there are also cases of the disease that occur on the lips, mouth, tongue and throat.

Transmission occurs through vaginal, anal or oral sex, and can also occur through skin-to-skin contact with someone infected. The bacterium’s incubation time is 3 to 5 days and the transmissibility time can be weeks or even months, varying according to the time of non-treatment of the lesions.

Differences in Soft Cancer and Syphilis (Hard Cancer)

As these diseases are often confused, check out the main differences between them using the comparative chart below.

Risk factors for Mole Cancer

First of all, it is important to know that if you are sexually active, you are at risk of contracting the disease. In addition, people who live in places with fewer resources are also more likely to be infected with the soft cancer bacteria. The resources in question are:

  • Health care;
  • Food;
  • Water;
  • Home.

What are the symptoms of Mole Cancer?

After sexual intercourse without proper protection, the symptoms of soft cancer can appear between 2 and 5 days and they manifest in the form of:

  1. One or two small wounds with pus.
  2. After a few days, a moist and very painful wound is formed, spreading and increasing in size and depth.
  3. Then, other wounds appear around the first.
  4. Two weeks after the infection, a red and painful lump may appear in the groin (also known as water), which can compromise the movement of the legs while not treated. This lump can open and expel a thick, greenish pus mixed with blood.

As already explained, these wounds usually appear in the region of the genitals as follows:

  • Men : in general, wounds in men appear on the tip of the penis.
  • Women : the wounds are mainly in the outer region of the vagina and in the anus. Since the wound may not be visible, it causes pain during intercourse and when evacuating.

In addition to these symptoms, they may be accompanied by fever , headache and weakness.

How can I prevent Mole Cancer?

There are a number of ways that help to prevent contracting soft cancer or transmitting the disease to others. Are they:

  • Condom use in all relationships you have;
  • Limit the number of uninfected sexual partners;
  • Avoid touching the wounds typical of the disease. If you touch it, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid the risk of transmission to other parts of your body.

Mole cancer and the HIV virus

The characteristic wounds of soft cancer make it easier to contract the HIV virus , so if you are prone to the virus and have soft cancer, the best form of prevention is to abstain from sex while treating the disease. If you practice, remember to use a condom (male or female) during intercourse to avoid contracting HIV and other possible STDs.

What is the diagnosis for Mole Cancer?

First, as with any illness, you should go to a specialist as soon as you notice the symptoms in your body. In the case of soft cancer, the specialist you should turn to is the gynecologist or urologist, so that he can examine the wounds. For confirmation, the doctor may order tests. As the diagnosis cannot be made through a blood test, it is necessary to scrape and analyze the wound.

The disease is completely curable if treated correctly with the medications prescribed by the doctor. When left untreated, soft cancer causes permanent scarring on the genitals of men, as well as complications and serious infections in women.

Treating Soft Cancer

Soft cancer can be easily treated with antibiotics and, when only one person in the couple is infected, both need to undergo treatment at the same time. The treatment for the disease can be of two types, according to the situation in which it presents.

Drug treatment

The infection can heal without any medication, but the antibiotics prescribed by the doctor help the wound disappear more quickly and minimize the scar. The drugs normally prescribed are:

  • Azithromycin ;
  • Ceftriaxone ;
  • Tianfenicol ;
  • Ciprofloxacin ;
  • Tetracycline ;
  • Sulfamethoxazole + Trimetroprim ;
  • Erythromycin .

Remember: medical follow-up is essential and only he will be able to prescribe the best medicine for you.


NEVER self-medicate or stop using a medication without first consulting a doctor. Only he will be able to tell which medication, dosage and duration of treatment is the most suitable for his specific case. The information contained on this site is only intended to inform, not in any way intended to replace the guidance of a specialist or serve as a recommendation for any type of treatment. Always follow the instructions on the package insert and, if symptoms persist, seek medical or pharmaceutical advice.

Treatment with surgery

For larger and more painful injuries, the doctor may drain them with a needle or through surgery. The process reduces swelling and pain and also cures the disease, but it can leave some light scars in place.

We do not play with STDs and that is why we always treat all of them with the utmost seriousness, bringing you complete information about diseases. And if you still have any questions, ask us!