Men’s health is in trouble
All around the world fathers, brothers, and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young, before their time and for no good reason.
The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health and encourages men to take action early so they don’t reach a point of crisis, to build strong relationships, and to stay healthy.
Since Movember started in Melbourne, in 2003, millions have joined the movement, raising $770 million and funding more than 1,200 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.
On average, 5 men each day take their own life in Australia and Charlotte Webb, Movember Foundation Director for Australia and New Zealand, said “Men take their own lives at three times the rate of women.
In many cases, it’s a vicious cycle of tough times contributing to poor physical and mental health, that can lead to further health challenges in the future.
“We know that these are times when exercise, good sleep, talking, expert advice, staying connected with friends, and the support of loved ones are vital for coping and can reduce the impact on a man’s health and wellbeing,” added Ms Webb.
More than 3,300 men with prostate cancer will die in Australia in 2016, and 36 years old is the average age of a man diagnosed with testicular cancer in Australia.
The Movember Foundation raises funds that deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs to enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Awareness and fundraising activities are run year-round by the Foundation, with the annual Movember campaign being globally recognised for its fun, disruptive approach to fundraising and getting men to take action for their health.
During Movember, the month formerly known as November, people can support the Foundation by growing a Mo, taking on the ‘Move’ challenge and doing something active for men’s health, or throwing or going to one of many fundraising events being held throughout the month.
Local Podiatrist, Nic Lange, was motivated to join the campaign this year after a close family member was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.
Mr Lange said “it was a particularly aggressive form of the disease but an early diagnosis enabled a successful surgical procedure and he is now cancer free”.
“However, many more men are not as lucky, so I wanted to help raise awareness of the disease and encourage men to monitor their help closely and have regular check-ups”, he added.
By 2030, the Movember Foundation aims to Reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%, halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer and reduce the number of men taking their own lives, by 25% .
If you would like to help support men’s health during Movember you can donate at www.au.movember.com.