About Orchid and male-specific cancers:

Every year over 50,000 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate, testicular and penile cancer. Of these men over 47,300 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, over 2,296 will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 622 will be diagnosed with the rare penile cancer. Sadly, these numbers are increasing.

Behind each statistic is a man – a father, son, brother, grandfather or friend – and behind each man there are family and friends who are affected by these uniquely male cancers. Orchid rely on your support to help every man affected by these uniquely male cancers. Orchid is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to male specific cancers. They fund a range of support services, education programmes, awareness and research.

To find out more about the charity please visit www.orchid-cancer.org.uk. For information and support please contact the Freephone Orchid National Male Cancer Helpline 0808 802 0010 or email helpline@orchid-cancer.org.uk.

Find out more information about each type of cancer:

Testicular cancer: Testicular cancer occurs when normal, healthy cells, which are carefully regulated by the body, begin to reproduce uncontrollably within an area of the body such as the testicles.

  • Over 2,296 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer each year
  • It most commonly affects men between the ages of 15-45
  • Around 47% of men diagnosed will be under the age of 35
  • If caught at an early stage men can expect a high cure rate
  • If caught at any stage 98% of men will be alive 10 years after treatment
  • Around 60 young men will die of testicular cancer each year.

Take a look at Orchid’s guide to ‘check yourself out’ or for video advice on testicular self examination visit their website. Remember partners and family members play a role too – encourage the men in your life to self check on a regular basis.

Prostate Cancer: The prostate gland is located just below the bladder. It is only found in men and is responsible for helping to produce the fluid found in semen. Prostate cancer occurs when normal, healthy cells, which are carefully regulated in the body, begin to reproduce uncontrollably in the prostate gland. In most cases the growth is slow, and the cancer can go undetected for many years because it may cause very few symptoms. In some cases, however, prostate cancer can progress more quickly and may spread to other parts of the body; however this still tends to be at a slower rate than other cancers.

Find out more about the symptoms by visiting Orchid’s website.

Penile Cancer: Cancer of the penis is very rare in the western world; there are around 622 cases in the UK each year. It is most often diagnosed in men over the age of 60 years however men in their 30s and 40s can also be affected and research has suggested that 25% of cases in the UK occur in males younger than 50.

It is usually a slow growing cancer and if caught early before further spread the chances of survival are high and around 75% of men diagnosed with penile cancer will survive the disease. Unfortunately most men tend to ignore potential penile cancer symptoms for some time which leads to a delay in diagnosis. Visit the website to see what to look out for.

Orchid nurses

Our Orchid Male Cancer Information Nurses provide a comprehensive information and support service for men affected by male specific cancers, their families and friends. They offer support via the Helpline, through a wide range of leaflets, factsheets and pocket Z-cards, an award winning DVD ‘Know Your Balls… Check Em Out’, a testicular cancer microsite “Your Privates”, school resource packs, and a dedicated website and newsletter low-down. They offer support face to face in local communities via our Roadshows.

Our Nurses also provide cancer information education and training to health and social care professionals, teachers, community leaders and others who are interested in raising awareness of male specific cancers and encouraging men to seek an early diagnosis. Our health and well-being promotion sessions with the business community including our corporate partners have proven particularly popular.

You can contact our nurses in the following ways:

  • Telephone: 0203 745 7310
  • Helpline number: 0808 802 0010
  • Email your enquiry to nurse@orchid-cancer.org.uk
Posted in Orchid on 08 April 2013