A 50-year-old Thai man had to have his penis removed after attempting to enlarge it by injecting olive oil.
It is the latest and most dramtic case of a trend that sees 40 men a month being rushed to one Bangkok hospital after having foreign substances injected into their penises in an attempt to make them larger.
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After several years of injecting his penis, it developed an infection that was cancerous, which meant he had to have emergency surgery to have his genitals removed.
Other men have reportedly used bees wax, silicone and paraffin to enlarge their penises.
"This is the biggest genital surgery we have ever done as we found cancer," said Sirikul Jiraranaikhajorn, spokeswoman for the Police General Hospital in Bangkok.
She said backstreet clinics in Thailand are carrying out the procedure, which commonly leads to infection. However she said there is no evidence that it causes cancer.
"It only brings bad results — people misunderstand [that is works]," Jiraranaikhajorn said.
"A woman will love a man not because of the size."
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