Penile cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of penile cancer, 2014-2016 average, 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 (2014-2016).
  • In males in the UK, penile cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 640 new cases in 2016.
  • Penile cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in males in the UK (2016).
  • Penile cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in females and males combined in the UK (2016).
  • Incidence rates for penile cancer in the UK are highest in males aged 90+ (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, penile cancer incidence rates have increased by around a fifth (21%) in males in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, penile cancer incidence rates have increased by around a seventh (13%) 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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