For the past 18 years, mustaches have made a comeback and not purely because they’re fashionable. Since the birth of Movember in 2003, men have sported mustaches patchy or full and all other facial hair to support men’s health and save men’s lives.
The Movember movement raises awareness for the education, early detection, treatment, and post-care support of men struggling with testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health, and suicide. Individuals across the world can join the movement in many ways, the most popular of which is growing a mustache and sharing progress pictures online.
Saving men’s lives through mental and physical health advocacy doesn’t fall on men’s shoulders alone though. It’s going to take everybody to break down the silent stigma surrounding men’s health. It’s going to take a global community to help save men’s lives. That’s what the Movember Foundation aims to do.
How Movember Helps Men’s Health
Through the support of men and women across the world like you, the Movember Foundation has funded 1,250 men’s health projects across 23 countries since the movement began in 2003. They’ve opened the doors for new conversations around men’s health, helped progress the status quo, and made advances in men’s health research, treatment, and support services.
The Movember Foundation supports three main causes:
- Mental health support and suicide prevention
- Prostate cancer research, treatment, and prevention
- Testicular cancer research, treatment, and prevention
Mental Health and Suicide
Every minute of every day on average, a man dies by suicide. That’s approximately 60 men across the globe dying by suicide each hour, every hour of the day. In the United States, four in every five suicides are men.
That’s why mental health support and suicide prevention are the primary causes the Movember Foundation supports. The goal of the movement is to reduce the rate of male suicides by 25%.
Through different initiatives like education, providing mental health services, funding projects, improving community support, and lobbying for legislative support, the Movember Foundation has taken steps forward with prevention and early intervention.
The foundation has made incredible gains toward breaking down the stigma that men’s health isn’t important, and you can help them push the needle even further. Support the men in your life on their journey to a better, more fulfilled lifestyle, and as men, support yourself and know your emotions are worth sharing.
If you or anyone you know needs mental health support or suicide prevention, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or the National Alliance on Mental Health at (800) 950-6264. If you or anyone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
At least one in eight of the men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. That’s because it’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Globally, around 1.4 million men get diagnosed with prostate cancer annually.
That’s why the Movember Foundation has taken such an aggressive approach to improving the research, treatment, and support for men who are affected. The foundation’s goal is to cut the number of men who die from prostate cancer and the number of survivors who deal with side effects from treatment by half by 2030.
The foundation has made great strides in this already. Since 2006, Movember has funded the development of 54 new inventions, 70 therapies, and 107 diagnostic tests for prostate cancer. They’ve committed $43 million to global research projects focused on prostate cancer since 2011.
They’ve continued to raise awareness of the importance of annual men’s health screenings through education, research, and development, improved access to personalized services and support, lobbying for progressive legislation, and funding global projects. These investments have helped increase the possibility of early detection through diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment support.
You can help raise awareness by reminding the men in your life of the importance of getting an annual checkup with a primary care physician. It could save their lives.
As the most common cancer to be diagnosed in young men, especially between the ages of 15-44 years old, the Movember Foundation strives to save young men from testicular cancer so they can live full, happy lives.
Despite the survival rate for testicular cancer being greater than 95%, the Movember Foundation is improving the lives of survivors living with long-term side effects that affect their quality of life. They do that through education, research and development, greater access to post-treatment support, lobbying for improved legislation, and funding global projects.
The foundation’s goal is to cut the number of men who die from testicular cancer and the number of survivors who deal with side effects from treatment in half by 2030. Through global research collaboration, the foundation can get results faster and come closer to achieving its goals to improve men’s health across the world.
Make An Impact For Men’s Health
During Movember, there are several ways people can get involved and show their support for the men in their lives and men across the globe. Men can grow a mustache and fundraise individually, or a group can create a competition between office co-workers or friends to see who’s mustache can raise the most money.
Unable to grow a mustache? There’s still plenty of ways you can support these Movember causes. Interested participants can join the “Make A Move” movement, where you run or walk 60 miles throughout November to raise funds and awareness for the 60 men lost to suicide each hour of every day.
Movement is not your thing either? That’s okay. The Movember Foundation invites interested participants to “Mo Your Own Way,” creating an individual pledge to somehow improve your mental and/or physical health.
In all these efforts, you’ll be helping to promote and improve the lives of men around you. You may not always be able to see the tangible effects, but you’re helping to save their lives.
Make An Appointment for A Health Screening Today
Men’s health is at risk. It’s time we collectively take matters into our own hands and make an effort to improve the mental and physical well-being of the men we care about.
Many health complications or mental health challenges can be detected and prevented through early intervention and regular checkups with a healthcare provider.
Envision Medical Group offers screening, diagnosis, treatment, and mental health support services across 11 Metro Detroit medical facilities. Read more of our medical service blogs for more information.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your next health screening or learn more about the services we provide to support mental health, suicide prevention, and prostate and testicular cancer.