Every year in the UK pver 43,000 men will be diagnosed with a male specific cancer:-
Prostate, testicular or penile cancer.
Many of us will know someone who has been diagnosed with a male specific cancer.
Kurtis Senior Director and testicular cancer survivor Elliot Dash with Pat Cash on trek to Machu Picchu in Peru raising over £27,000
Eliot Dash with group on Kilimanjaro Trek raising over £70,000
Elliot Dash on trek to Everest
Annual Orchid cycle ride around the Essex countryside
Elliot Dash running the London marathon raising over £10,000
Set up in 1996 by testicular cancer patient Colin Osborne 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.
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, 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.
Why the name Orchid?
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