Penile cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of penile cancer, 2015, UK

Deaths

Deaths from penile cancer, 2016, UK

 

Survival

Survive penile cancer for 10 or more years, 2009-2013, England

 

Preventable cases

Penile cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015

 

  • There are around 640 new penile cancer cases in the UK every year, that's nearly 2 every day (2013-2015).
  • In males in the UK, penile cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 640 new cases in 2015.
  • Penile cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in males in the UK (2015).
  • Incidence rates for penile cancer in the UK are highest in males aged 90+ (2013-2015).
  • Since the early 1990s, penile cancer incidence rates have increased by almost a quarter (23%) in males in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, penile cancer incidence rates have increased by around a fifth (21%) in males in the UK.
  • Most penis cancers occur in the glans penis.
  • Penile cancer in England is more common in males living in the most deprived areas.
  • An estimated 4,000 men who had previously been diagnosed with penile cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 130 penile cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's more than 2 every week (2014-2016).
  • In males in the UK, penile cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 130 deaths in 2016.
  • Penile cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in males in the UK (2016).
  • Mortality rates for penile cancer in the UK are highest in males aged 90+ (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, penile cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost a third (30%) in males in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, penile cancer mortality rates have remained stable in males in the UK.
  • Penile cancer deaths in England are more common in males living in the most deprived areas.

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  • More than two-thirds (68%) of men diagnosed with penile cancer in England survive their disease for ten years or more (2009-2013).
  • Around three-quarters (74%) of men diagnosed with penile cancer in England survive their disease for five years or more (2009-2013).
  • Around 9 in 10 (89%) men diagnosed with penile cancer in England survive their disease for one year or more (2009-2013).
  • Penile cancer survival in England is highest for men diagnosed aged under 50 years old (2009-2013).
  • More than 8 in 10 men in England diagnosed with penile cancer aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around two-thirds of men diagnosed aged 70-89 (2009-2013).
  • Five-year relative survival for penile cancer in men is similar to the European average in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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  • 1 in 493 UK males will be diagnosed with penile cancer in their lifetime.
  • A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • 63% of penile cancer cases in the UK are preventable.
  • ‘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.

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The latest statistics available for penile cancer in the UK are; incidence 2015, mortality 2016 and survival 2009-2013. 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.

Meta-analyses Open a glossary item and systematic reviews Open a glossary item are cited where available, as they provide the best overview of all available research and most take study quality into account. Individual case-control and cohort studies Open a glossary item are reported where such aggregated data are lacking.

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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