About male-specific cancers:
Over 43,000 men will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer in 2013 – from sons to grandfathers – men face the risk of prostate, penile or testicular cancer.
Find out more information about each type of cancer:
Every year over 2,200 young men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. It is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-45 years old. The most common symptom is a small painless lump in the testicle.
Take a look at Orchid’s guide to ‘check yourself out’. Or for video advice on testicular self examination visit the Orchid website. A massive 98% of testicular cancer cases can be treated if caught early enough.
Remember partners and family members play a role too – encourage the men in your life to self check on a regular basis.
Every year over 41,000 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is the most common cancer in men over the age of 55 years, and an estimated 1 in 9 men will develop the condition.
The prostate gland is located just below the bladder and is only found in men, responsible for helping to produce fluid in semen. There is no single symptom to indicate the presence of prostate cancer. Problems with the prostate are common – they may not necessarily be caused by cancer and may result in slowly developing symptoms that can easily be confused with “getting older”. Find out more about the symptoms.
Cancer of the penis is very rare in the UK – there are about 500 new cases every year. It is most often diagnosed in men over the age of 60 years, though can occur in younger men too.
It is important – as with any cancer – to get to know what feels and looks normal, and to watch out for any changes that don’t go away such as a painless lump or ulcer on the penis that doesn’t heal. Visit the Orchid website to see what to look out for.
If you are worried about any of the above or generally feel unwell remember to see your GP or contact the Orchid Male Cancer Information Nurse.