Most men don’t know there are THREE male specific cancers
And fewer than a third of men check themselves regularly
Every year, 50,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate, testicular and penile cancer. That means a staggering five men every hour receive the devastating news they have male cancer. Despite the growing risk, a recent survey* showed that as many as a third of men know more about breast cancer. That’s why we urgently need to raise awareness of the warning signs and the importance of acting on them.
Many men don’t know they should check themselves – let alone how. Many tend to avoid visiting their doctor regularly. And the stigma associated with male cancers can mean they’re even less likely to follow up symptoms. That delay could mean the difference between life and death.
When Paul Corry was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he was terrified he might not be there for his wife and seven-month old son. Thankfully, he made a full recovery after prompt treatment: ‘I didn’t do thorough or regular checks. I was incredibly lucky’, he says. When you donate today you’re helping more families like Paul’s to stay together.
Orchid is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to male cancers. Our pioneering research has earned the respect of cancer professionals and our specialist nurses provide incredible support. Above all, we’re committed to making sure men understand more about these cancers.
We provide clear information, advice and support, in leaflets and online. We’re spreading the word in schools and colleges, through roadshows and in doctors’ surgeries. But with male cancers on the increase, we urgently need more funding to reach more people with lifesaving messages.
*Survey commissioned by Orchid