Penile Cancer

Penile Cancer

Around 630 cases of penile cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year, most often in men over 60 years old, although it can also affect men in their 30s and 40s. If the cancer is identified early before it has spread the survival rates are high, with around 70% of men diagnosed surviving. However, delays in diagnosis are often caused by men ignoring potential symptoms.

According to the possible symptoms of penile cancer may include:

  • A growth or ulcer on the penis, especially on the glans or foreskin.
  • Changes in the colour of the penis.
  • Skin thickening on the penis.
  • Persistent discharge with foul odour beneath the foreskin.
  • Blood coming from the tip of the penis or under the foreskin.
  • Unexplained pain in the shaft or tip of the penis.
  • Irregular or growing bluish-brown flat lesions or marks beneath the foreskin or on the body of the penis.
  • Reddish, velvety rash beneath the foreskin.
  • Small, crusty bumps beneath the foreskin.
  • Irregular swelling at the end of the penis.

It is recommended that if a man has any of these symptoms they should attend their GP. If their symptoms do not improve following treatment prescribed by their GP they should be referred to a urologist for further assessment.

Orchid is the UK’s leading charity working with anyone affected by or interested in male cancer: prostate, testicular and penile cancer. Their aim is to save men’s lives from male cancer by providing a range of support services, education and awareness campaigns, and a pioneering world-class research programme.

There are a variety of ways for you to get in touch with Orchid including:

  • Post: ORCHID, 231-233 North Gower Street, London, NW1 2NR
  • Orchid National Male Cancer Helpline: 0808 802 0010
  • Email:
  • Website:

Between 9th and 15th April 2018 the tenth Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week will take place. During this week Orchid will be taking the opportunity to raise awareness of these male specific cancers together with providing practical advice, support, and information on male cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. Orchid will be undertaking a range of activities including:

  • Launching a new report entitled “Prostate Cancer Britain’s Growing Problem”, calling for urgent action to tackle the most common cancer in men in the UK.
  • Publishing the results of an independent survey into the general awareness of male specific cancers.
  • Roadshows and health information events.
  • Raising awareness.
  • The annual Orchid River Run on 11 April 2018 along the River Thames.

For more information please visit Orchid’s website: or contact them on: 0203 745 7310.

Wolferstans is fully supportive of the Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week and more information can be found here

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