Penile cancer incidence statistics

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Cases

New cases of penile cancer, 2016-2018, UK

 

Proportion of all cases

Percentage penile cancer is of total cancer cases, 2016-2018, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of penile cancer cases, 2016-2018, UK

 

Trend over time

Change in penile cancer incidence rates since the early 1990s, Males, UK

 

Penile cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in males in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in males (2016-2018).In females and males combined, penile cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases (2016-2018).[1-4]

Penile cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rate Open a glossary item) for males are similar to the UK average in all the UK constituent countries.

Penile Cancer (C60), Average Number of New Cases Per Year, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2016-2018

  England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Male Cases 569 72 39 20 699
Crude Rate 2.1 2.7 2.5 2.2 2.1
AS Rate 2.4 2.9 2.6 2.7 2.4
AS Rate - 95% LCL 2.3 2.5 2.1 2.0 2.3
AS Rate - 95% UCL 2.5 3.3 3.1 3.4 2.5
Persons Cases 569 72 39 20 699
Crude Rate 1.0 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.1
AS Rate 1.1 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.1
AS Rate - 95% LCL 1.0 1.2 1.0 0.9 1.1
AS Rate - 95% UCL 1.1 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.2

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits around the AS Rate Open a glossary item
 

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2016-2018, ICD-10 C60.

Last reviewed:

Penile cancer incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in older men. In the UK in 2016-2018, on average each year around a third of new cases (32%) were in males aged 75 and over. [1-4]

Age-specific incidence rates rise steadily from around age 35-39 and more steeply from age 45-49. The highest rates are in in the 90+ age group.

Penile cancer (C60), Average Number of New Cases per Year and Age-Specific Incidence Rates per 100,000 Male Population, UK, 2016-2018

For penile cancer, like most cancer types, incidence increases with age. This largely reflects cell DNA damage accumulating over time. Damage can result from biological processes or from exposure to risk factors. A drop or plateau in incidence in the oldest age groups often indicates reduced diagnostic activity perhaps due to general ill health.

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2016-2018, ICD-10 C60.

Last reviewed:

Penile cancer European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item incidence rates for males increased by 28% in the UK between 1993-1995 and 2016-2018.[1-4]

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2006-2008 and 2016-2018), penile cancer AS incidence rates for males increased by 18%.

Penile Cancer (C60), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, Males, UK, 1993 to 2018

Penile cancer incidence rates have varied between age groups in males in the UK since the early 1990s.[1-4] Rates in 0-24s have remained stable, in 25-49s have remained stable, in 50-59s have increased by 52%, in 60-69s have increased by 92%, in 70-79s have increased by 31% and in 80+s have remained stable.

Penile Cancer (C60), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates per 100,000 Male Population, By Age, UK, 1993-2018

For penile cancer, like most cancer types, incidence trends largely reflect changing prevalence of risk factors and improvements in diagnosis and data recording. Recent incidence trends are influenced by risk factor prevalence in years past, and trends by age group reflect risk factor exposure in birth cohorts.

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 1993-2018, ICD-10 C60.

Last reviewed:

The largest proportion of penile cancer cases occur in the glans penis, with a slightly smaller proportion in the prepuce, and a much smaller proportion in the body of the penis (2010-2012).[1-4]

A large proportion of cases did not have the specific part of the penis recorded in cancer registry data, or overlapped more than one part.[1-4]

Cases and percentages may not sum due to rounding

Reference

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2014. Similar data can be found here:
    http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/index.html.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2014. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/index.asp.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit on request, April 2014. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=242&pid=59080.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, June 2014. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/CancerInformation/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2010-2012, ICD-10 C60.

Last reviewed:

Penile cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rates Open a glossary item) in England in males are 52% higher in the most deprived quintile compared with the least (2013-2017).[1]

It is estimated that there are around 75 more cases of penile cancer each year in England than there would be if every deprivation quintile had the same age-specific crude incidence rates as the least deprived quintile.

Penile Cancer (C60), Estimated Average Number of Excess Cases per Year and European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, by Deprivation Quintile, England, 2013-2017

References

  1. Calculated by the Cancer Intelligence Team at Cancer Research UK, April 2020. Based on method reported in National Cancer Intelligence Network Cancer by Deprivation in England Incidence, 1996-2010 Mortality, 1997-2011 . Using cancer incidence data 2013-2017 (Public Health England) and population data 2013-2017 (Office for National Statistics) by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015 income domain quintile, cancer type, sex, and five-year age band.

About this data

Data is for England, 2013-2017, ICD-10 C60.

Last reviewed:

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