A CHARITY dedicated to fighting male-specific cancers has said there is an urgent need to raise awareness of them in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
Orchid will visit the city tomorrow and Friday to engage with members of the public about symptoms of testicular, penile and prostate cancers and the need to spot them as soon as possible.
Getting an early diagnosis is vital - if caught early, testicular cancer can be 98 per cent curableRob Crones, information nurse specialist
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer amongst young men aged 15-45 and affects over 2,000 men in the UK every year. If caught early enough it has a cure rate of over 98 per cent.
The charity said that penile cancer, although rarer – with an estimated 500 cases every year in the UK - is on the increase, with the incidence up by 21 per cent in just over 30 years. Early diagnosis means better treatment options.
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer and kills one man an hour in the UK - equating to 10,000 men each year.
Orchid will host an information roadshow outside the Buchanan Street branch of Sainsbury’s tomorrow from 9.30am-5pm.
On Friday, the roadshow will move to St Enoch Square.
A cancer information nurse specialist will be on hand to offer free information and advice on how to check for the signs of penile, prostate and testicular cancer, and to discuss the latest news and developments in male cancer treatments.
“Our research highlights there is an urgent need to raise awareness of male cancers in Glasgow,” said Orchid chief executive Rebecca Porta.
“Male cancer awareness roadshows offer anyone interested in or affected by male cancer the opportunity to learn more about the diseases from a dedicated nurse specialist.
“We are particularly keen to increase awareness of the rarer penile cancer. Cases of this disease have increased in recent years. We hope this event will help improve the understanding of male cancers in the local community and provide vital knowledge that will help save lives”.
Nurse specialist Rob Cornes said: “Getting an early diagnosis is vital – for example, if caught early, testicular cancer can be 98 per cent curable. It is crucial that men are familiar with the signs and symptoms and feel comfortable seeking professional advice if they have any concerns or worrying symptoms. We really hope that men in and around Buchanan Street and St Enoch Square will take the opportunity to come to the Roadshow to meet the Orchid team”.
Every year more than 43,000 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate, testicular and penile cancer. Of these men over 40,000 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, over 2,200 will be diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Orchid is the UK’s leading registered charity focused exclusively on male-specific cancers. and was established in 1996 by a testicular cancer patient.