Penile cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of penile cancer, 2013, UK

Deaths

Deaths from penile cancer, 2014, UK

 

  • There were around 620 new cases of penile cancer in the UK in 2013, that’s around 2 cases diagnosed every day.
  • Penile cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cases in the UK (2013).
  • In males, there were around 620 cases of penile cancer diagnosed in the UK in 2013.
  • Almost 6 in 10 (57%) penile cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in males aged 65 and over (2011-2013).
  • Since the late 1970s, penile cancer incidence rates in males have increased by a quarter (25%) in Great Britain.
  • Over the last decade, penile cancer incidence rates in males have increased by a quarter (25%) in the UK.
  • Most penis cancers occur in the glans penis.
  • 1 in 585 men will be diagnosed with penile cancer during their lifetime.
  • Penile cancer in England is more common in males living in the most deprived areas.

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  • There were around 130 penile cancer deaths in the UK in 2014, that’s more than 2 deaths every week.
  • Penile cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in males in the UK (2014).
  • In males in the UK, there were around 130 penile cancer deaths in 2014.
  • Almost half (47%) of penile cancer deaths in the UK each year are in males aged 75 and over (2012-2014).
  • Mortality rates for penile cancer in the UK are highest in males aged 90+ (2012-2014).
  • Since the early 1970s, penile cancer mortality rates in males have decreased by a third (33%) in the UK.
  • Over the last decade penile cancer mortality rates in males have remained stable in the UK.
  • Penile cancer deaths in England are more common in males living in the most deprived areas.

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  • ‘Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland, and ‘62-day wait’ is not met by any country for upper gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Almost 9 in 10 patients had a ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ patient experience.
  • Around three quarters of patients are given the name of their Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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The latest statistics available for penile cancer in the UK are; incidence 2013 and mortality 2014. Risk factors data are in production.

The ICD code for penile cancer is ICD-10 C60.

European Age-Standardised Rates were calculated using the 1976 European Standard Population (ESP) unless otherwise stated as calculated with ESP2013. ASRs calculated with ESP2013 are not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

Lifetime risk estimates were calculated using incidence, mortality, population and all-cause mortality data for 2010-2012 due to the small number of cases.

Cancer waiting times statistics are for patients who entered the health care system within financial year 2014-15. Penile cancer is part of the group 'Urological cancer' for cancer waiting times data. Codes vary per country but broadly include: penis, prostate, testis, other and unspecified male genital organs, kidney, renal pelvis, ureter, bladder, other and unspecified urinary organs, secondary cancers of kidney, renal pelvis, bladder and other unspecified urinary organs.

Patient Experience data is for adult patients in England with a primary diagnosis of cancer, who were in active treatment between September and November 2013 and who completed a survey in 2014.

Deprivation gradient statistics were calculated using incidence data for three time periods: 1996-2000, 2001-2005 and 2006-2010 and for mortality for two time periods: 2002-2006 and 2007-2011. The 1997-2001 mortality data were only used for the all cancers combined group as this time period includes the change in coding from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The deprivation quintiles were calculated using the Income domain scores from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) from the following years: 2004, 2007 and 2010. Full details on the data and methodology can be found in the Cancer by Deprivation in England NCIN report.

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