Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers
through pioneering research and promoting awareness
Set up in 1996 by testicular cancer patient Colin Osborne (pictured right) and the oncologist who saved his life, Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through a range of support services, pioneering research and promoting awareness. Over 43,000 men will be diagnosed with a male specific cancer in 2013; from sons to grandfathers all men face the risk of testicular, prostate or penile cancer.
Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through world class research, awareness and education campaigns and by supporting patients. We have developed many new services for men and their families. We now offer leaflets, specialists Factsheet, a newsletter (low-down), an award winning DVD, awareness talks and Orchid Roadshows and an enquiry service supported by two Orchid Male Cancer Information Nurses; their aim is to support anyone affected by male cancer.
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.
Be male cancer aware! Don't delay in getting 'checked out' by a GP if you have any concerns.
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.