Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers
through pioneering research and promoting awareness
Formed in 1996 by former testicular cancer patient, Colin Osborne, Orchid is the only UK registered cancer charity to focus entirely on the male-specific cancers; prostate, penile and testicular. We offer support and information to people affected by or interested in male cancer through a dedicated medical research programme, education and awareness campaigns and a range of support services.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with a male cancer, are a family member seeking more information or a healthcare professional looking to run an information session, Orchid is here to help.
The Greeks had a word for it. Greek civilization was the birthplace of medicine; think Hippocratic Oath. They named the male testicle Orchis – a tuber – because the male testicle has the same shape as the tuber of the orchid.
The treatment for both testicular and prostate cancer can require the surgical removal of one or more testicles, an operation known as an orchidectomy.
So ORCHID is a very appropriate name for the charity which aims to make life bloom, as well as save many unnecessary orchidectomy operations.