Penile cancer incidence statistics

Cases

New cases of penile cancer, 2015, UK

 

Proportion of all cases

Percentage penile cancer is of total cancer cases, 2015, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of penile cancer cases, 2013-2015, UK

Trend over time

Change in penile cancer incidence rates since the early 1990s, 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 (2015).[1-4]

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

Penile Cancer (C60), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, Males, UK, 2015

  England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Male Cases 519 71 27 20 637
Crude Rate 1.9 2.7 1.8 2.2 2.0
AS Rate 2.2 3.1 1.9 3.1 2.3
AS Rate - 95% LCI 2.0 2.4 1.2 1.7 2.1
AS Rate - 95% UCI 2.4 3.8 2.6 4.4 2.5
Persons Cases 519 71 27 20 637
Crude Rate 0.9 1.3 0.9 1.1 1.0
AS Rate 1.0 1.4 0.9 1.3 1.1
AS Rate - 95% LCI 0.9 1.1 0.5 0.7 1.0
AS Rate - 95% UCI 1.1 1.7 1.2 1.8 1.1

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

For penile cancer, like most cancer types, differences between countries largely reflect risk factor prevalence in years past.

References

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. 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, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2015, 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 2013-2015, on average each year around a third (32%) of new cases were in males aged 75 and over.[1-4

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

 

Penile Cancer (C60), Average Number of New Cases per Year and Age-Specific Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, Males, UK, 2013-2015

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

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 Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. 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, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2013-2015, ICD-10 C60.

Last reviewed:

Penile cancer European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item incidence rates for males increased by 23% in the UK between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015.[1-4].

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2003-2005 and 2013-2015), penile cancer AS incidence rates for males increased by 21%.[1-4]

Penile Cancer (C60), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, Males, UK, 1993-2015

Penile cancer incidence rates have remained stable overall in some broad adult age groups in males in the UK since the early 1990s, but increased in some.[1-4] Rates in 25-49s have remained stable, in 50-59s have increased by 47%, in 60-69s have increased by 75%, in 70-79s have remained stable, and in 80+s have remained stable.

Penile Cancer (C60), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, By Age, Males, UK, 1993-2015

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 Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. 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, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 1993-2015, 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:

There is evidence for an association between penile cancer incidence and deprivation in England.[1] England-wide data for 2006-2010 show European age-standardised Open a glossary item incidence rates are 59% higher for males living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived.[1]

Penile Cancer (C60), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates by Deprivation Quintile, Males, England, 2006-2010

The estimated deprivation gradient in penile cancer incidence between males living in the most and least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 1996-2010.[1] It has been estimated that there would have been around 70 fewer cancer cases each year in England during 2006-2010 if all males experienced the same incidence rates as the least deprived.[1

References

  1. Cancer Research UK and National Cancer Intelligence Network. Cancer by deprivation in England: Incidence, 1996-2010, Mortality, 1997-2011. London: NCIN; 2014.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2006-2010, ICD-10 C60

Deprivation gradient statistics were calculated using incidence data for 2006-2010. 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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