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SUPPORTING MEN'S HEALTH

To change the face of men’s health is an ambitious challenge but it is a challenge that the Movember Foundation is committed to addressing through the programs that we invest in around the world. As one of the largest non-government strategic investors in men’s health programs, we are uniquely placed to play a significant role in improving the health outcomes of the men that we serve.

The Movember Foundation is having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Globally, the Movember Foundation is focused on men’s health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.Details about the more than 800 programs in 21 countries that Movember has funded to date, can be found here. Meaningful strides have been taken toward achieving our goals, but there is more work to be done.


Prostate Cancer:

For men diagnosed and living with prostate cancer, we seek to improve their physical and mental health, and reduce mortality.

In the US, the Movember Foundation funds world-class research and survivorship programs through our Global Action Plan (GAP), the Prostate Cancer Foundation, True NTH and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Through these programs, we are funding first in field, research teams focused on accelerating progress towards the reduction of death and suffering due to recurrent or advanced prostate cancer and programs to support men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as their families and caregivers.

The Movember Foundation’s Global Action Plan (GAP) is an international collaborative research initiative, fast tracking a time to when no man will die from prostate or testicular cancer. There are five GAP projects currently underway, four of which address prostate cancer.
  • Biomarkers: Develop new tests that better predict aggressive prostate cancer, characterize metastatic disease (spread of cancer) and treatment resistance that ultimately enhance patient treatment decisions.
  • Imaging: Assist in developing better imaging tests for detecting the spread of prostate cancer; or determining the best treatment options for men with advanced prostate cancer.
  • Active Surveillance: Create a global consensus on selection and monitoring of men with low risk prostate cancer.
  • Exercise and Metabolic Health: Understand 
the mechanisms of action and metabolic implications of physical activity on quality of life and survival of men with advanced prostate cancer.
To date, the Movember Foundation has donated nearly $27 million to the Prostate Cancer Foundation to support innovative prostate cancer research, funding 22 research awards in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.

Examples of these programs include:
  • Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan’s research at the University of Michigan, addresses a type of prostate cancer most diagnosed in African American men. He is leading a team that is focused on fast-forwarding the creation of several new anti-BET drugs. Without BET proteins, prostate cancer cannot survive, therefore these drugs may be the ultimate way of shutting off the disease.
  • Dr. Karen Knudsen at Thomas Jefferson University, Movember is funding a promising new class of medicines to interrupt cancer as it grows. This research addresses a type of prostate cancer most diagnosed in African American men. Additionally, these medicines show enormous promise in other cancers including childhood cancers, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.
  • Dr. Maha Hussain at the University of Michigan, is leading a team focused on a new pill that could put men back into prostate cancer remission when medicines are no longer working.
The Movember Foundation is proud to announce True NTH, a new global initiative to help men, their families and their caregivers improve the quality of life after a prostate cancer diagnosis. True NTH is an international collaboration bringing together key disciplines and skills from across the world to develop innovative, evidence based interventions and patient centered care models that will improve the physical and mental well-being of men living with prostate cancer. It is the first global initiative of it’s kind and is under development in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the US.

To date, the Movember Foundation has donated over $11 million to the LIVESTRONG Foundation to support innovative cancer survivorship programs.

The LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Services are focused on helping men and their families affected by cancer.

These services include:
  • Financial assistance
  • Counseling services
  • Matching patient to clinical trials
  • Fertility preservation services
We will continue to work with the LIVESTRONG Foundation on designing and delivering True NTH, a new global initiative to help men, their families and their caregivers improve the quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.


Testicular Cancer:

For men diagnosed with testicular cancer, we seek to improve their physical and mental health, and reduce mortality.

In the US, Movember funds have supported our Global Action Plan (GAP) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Cancer Navigation Services.

The Movember Foundation’s Global Action Plan (GAP) is an international  collaborative research initiative, fast tracking a time to when no man will die from prostate or testicular cancer.

The GAP testicular cancer project has been initiated and is focusing on research to understand why some men (5%) who are treated for testicular cancer suffer a recurrence of the disease. These men invariably have a higher rate of death and side effects from more intensive treatment. It is critical we understand why these men suffer from a return of the disease, when others do not.

To date, the Movember Foundation has donated over $11 million to the LIVESTRONG Foundation to support innovative cancer survivorship programs.

The LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Services are focused on helping men and their families affected by cancer.

These services include:
  • Financial assistance
  • Counseling services
  • Matching patient to clinical trials
  • Fertility preservation services

Mental Health:

For the causes we support, Movember works with the preeminent organizations and experts in that area. Be it prostate cancer, testicular cancer, or mental health.

We are working closely with an expert health and well-being organization that has provided strategic advice on the US mental health landscape. This will provide the foundation for the mental health initiative Movember will be funding this year. We are excited to announce more on that in early 2015!

The Movember Board has set three strategic mental health goals:
  • Prevention – men and boys are mentally healthy and take action to remain so.
  • Early intervention – when men and boys experience mental health problems they take action early.
  • Stigma reduction – men and boys with mental health problems are not discriminated against.
We are excited to announce the specific organizations we’ll be working with in this area and the programs we’ll be funding in early 2015.

To learn more about Movember's men's health initiatives and funding approach visit Funded Programs.

FACTS & STATISTICS

General Men’s Health Stats in the US
  • Average life expectancy for men in the United States is almost five years less than women (76.2 years     compared to 81 years)
  • Around 15 million American adults (6.7% of the population) are diagnosed with depression each year.
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
  • More than one-third of adults (34.9%) in the United States are obese
  • 12.1% of men 18 years and over are in fair or poor health
 
Prostate Cancer Facts
  • Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in men in the United States
  • In 2014, more than 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • 1 in 36 men will die from prostate cancer (about 29,480 men) accounting for about 22% of all male deaths from cancer
  • Risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with age

Testicular Cancer Facts
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15 - 35 years
  • About 8,820 new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in men each year
  • About 380 men will die of testicular cancer
  • Testicular cancer is generally rare in non-Caucasian populations worldwide
  • The five-year relative survival rate for men in the United States with localized testicular cancer is 99%

Mental Health Facts
  • 1 in 4 adults in the United States will experience a mental health problem in a given year
  • Around 15 million American adults (6.7% of the population) are diagnosed with depression each year
  • 1 in 5 adults each year experience an anxiety disorder
  • In 2010, a total of 38,364 Americans died by suicide and over three-quarters (79%) of these suicides were men
  • More than four times as many men as women die by suicide in the United States

If you’d like a copy of sources for this data, please contact references@movember.com.