Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers
through pioneering research and promoting awareness
In recent years, the generosity of charitable trusts and foundations has enabled Orchid to deliver much-needed information and services, and to forge ahead in research for male cancer patients and their relatives. We hope to continue to help deliver this information and in doing so, continue to support the thousands of men and their families affected by male cancers.
We have successfully campaigned to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of male specific cancers and to encourage men to see their GP as early as possible. We have also worked closely with a range of healthcare professionals, other voluntary agencies, schools and libraries to provide support and information and raise awareness of the services offered by Orchid.
Thanks to our supporters, between 2008-2009, 22,000 publications, 4,000 awareness posters and 25,000 testicular cancer information wallet cards were distributed free of charge - an increase of 90%, 50% and 60% respectively from the previous year. A further 1,220 free DVD resource packs on testicular cancer were sent to school nurses, youth offending institutes and pupil referral centres. A postcard campaign to raise awareness of male cancer was developed, and 40,000 postcards distributed to companies, sports centres, GP surgeries, hospitals and individuals supporters. The postcard campaign has proven successful and a new campaign is underway. In 2008-2009, over 33,000 people visited the Orchid website for information.
Orchid has made advances in cancer research, including highly successful treatments for men with aggressive testicular cancers, and for treatment for prostate cancer involving the use of chemotherapy in hormone resistant patients. Our research is reviewed and monitored by Orchid’s independent Scientific Advisory Board. Please click here for further information.
We are helping more people today than ever before! As we continue to grow, we want and need to support thousands more men and their families affected by male cancer.