Orchid Press Office

The Orchid Press Office is available to answer questions from journalists on all aspects of male specific cancers. This includes health awareness campaigns, scientific and medical research, policies and fundraising.

About the Orchid Press Office

The Orchid Press Office is available to answer journalists’ queries on all aspects of testicular, penile and prostate cancer. Whether you are interested in the latest scientific and medical research or would like to hear more about health awareness campaigns, policies and our fundraising, we are here to help.

We can provide:

  • Facts and figures
  • Case studies
  • Research insights
  • Spokespeople to comment on issues faced by men and their families
  • Images and short films

Key Male Cancer Facts

Testicular Cancer

  • Around 2400 men a year UK (around 6 men a day) are diagnosed
  • Nearly half the men diagnosed are under the age of 35
  • Can occur at any age but most commonly affects men between the ages 15-45
  • 90%+ chance of a cure if caught early

Most Common Risk Factors:

  • Cryptorchidism; undescended testicle
  • Family history: 9-10x brother, 4-5x father
  • Genetic factors – ongoing research
  • Caucasian men


  • More than 95% present with a lump in the body of the testis
  • 80% painless
  • Testicular pain and discomfort
  • Breast enlargement/pain or swelling (7%)

For more information, please visit our Testicular Cancer section.

Penile Cancer

  • UK 700 men a year (around two men a day)
  • 60% over 65
  • 25% increase in the UK over last decade

Most Common Risk Factors:

  • HPV infection plays a role in the development of penile cancer. About 50% of cancers are associated with HPV, with the main subtype being HPV-16 (involved in 60% of cases). HPV-18 is involved in 13% of cases.
  • Phimosis (non-retracting foreskin)
  • HIV infection.


  • Non-resolving rash, lesion, ulcer, lump
  • Bleeding anywhere on the penis

For more information, please visit our Penile Cancer section.

Prostate Cancer

  • Around 52,000 men a year (around 130 men a day)
  • Most common male cancer in men in the UK
  • Male risk 1 in 8 (1 in 4 direct Black African and Black Caribbean descent)

Most Common Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Ethnicity
  • Genetic factors
  • Possible dietary/lifestyle factors


  • There may be no obvious symptoms in men with early prostate cancer
  • Urinary problems (difficulty in passing urine, increased urinary frequency)

For more information, please visit our Prostate Cancer section.

Media Enquiries

For out of hours media enquiries, please contact 07812 085734