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Movember – Stopping Men Dying Too Young

9 November 2017

Movember is an annual campaign, highlighting men’s health issues. The aim is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health. The Movember Foundation works with men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Charity and The Institute of Cancer Research, prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Movember - I Am The Difference

The Movember campaign aims to highlight men’s health issues – specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention – to help save men’s lives.

About The Movember Foundation and Campaign

The aim of the ‘Movember Foundation’ is simply ‘Stopping men dying too young’. Their mission statement says that: “Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent and that’s why we’re taking action.”

The Movember Foundation claims to be the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year-round, addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. The Charity says that they know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. They’re independent of government funding, so they can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years the Charity proudly claims to have funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. The Charity’s aspiration is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%, by 2030.

They are appealing for anyone interested to help stop men dying too young by joining the movement. The Movember Foundation’s strategy is all about going where men need them most. They say they know what works for men and they aim to transform the way research into men’s health is done, and the way health services reach and support men.

The Movember Foundation is now concentrating on three key men’s health issues:-

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and rates are on the rise. By 2030 there’ll be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer. It’s already killing hundreds of thousands of men each year, and those who survive face serious side effects. We can’t afford to let this continue. So the Movember Foundation is taking action. The Movember Foundation says “We’ve spent years learning how to tackle the toughest cancer challenges in innovative ways. Now it’s time to draw a line in the sand. By 2030 they aim to halve the number of men dying from prostate cancer.”

  • One man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.
  • In the UK 41,000 men are diagnosed every year, over 100 a day.

Testicular Cancer

When testicular cancer strikes, it strikes young. Most of those men are between 15 and 40 years old. We have to help them, and stop men from dying too young. The Movember Foundations says “We’ve spent years learning how to tackle the toughest cancer challenges in innovative ways. Now it’s time to draw a line in the sand. By 2030 we’ll halve the number of men dying from testicular cancer.”

In most cases, the outcome for men with testicular cancer is positive, but a 95% chance of survival is no comfort to the 1 man in 20 who won’t make it.

  • There are around 2,300 new cases of testicular cancer in the UK every year, that’s around 6 cases diagnosed every day.
  • Almost half (47%) of testicular cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in males aged under 35.
  • Over the last decade in the UK, testicular cancer incidence rates in males have increased by 11%.

Suicide Prevention

Depression doesn’t discriminate. And it’s not something that just goes away once you’ve been told to ‘toughen up’ and get on with life. Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. Three out of four suicides are men. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone. We have to take action to improve mental health and reduce the rate of male suicide. The Movember Foundations says “We’re working toward a world where men and boys take action to be mentally healthy and well, and are supported by their friends, family and community during tough times. We’re working to immediately stop the increase in male suicide rates. By 2030 we’ll reduce the rate of male suicides by 25%.”

  • 1 in 8 men in the UK have experienced a mental health problem.
  • There are around 6,600 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland each year.
  • Three out of four suicides are men.