Stay the Course: A Movember Conversation
ProstateCancer.net sat down with Movember to talk about the Movember movement, bring awareness to men’s health, and introduce Movember’s True North online platform, a set of resources and tools for men with prostate cancer. In Part I of this interview series, Movember highlights their mission to support men’s health research and how people can get involved this November.
Movember is the world’s leading men’s health charity, with three focus cause areas in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. Movember is also the name of a season during the month of November, where men start clean-shaven and groom a moustache, and other men or women host an event or take a move challenge to raise funds and awareness. Check out Movember's website for more details.
Why does Movember exist?
Everybody has been profoundly impacted by a man in their life or isn’t in their life anymore. The issues that we tackle are sensitive and personal, and often men don’t lean into it, don’t talk about it, and therefore don’t always ask for help or go to their doctors to get regular check-ups. Prostate cancer is diagnosed in 1 in 9 men, and treatment significantly changes how they view themselves and their relationships. Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer in young men. 3 out of 4 suicides are by men. We can change the face of men’s health through awareness and resources. You can get involved to make a difference.
“The thing that Movember does that drives me to do whatever I do to get these donations, not only are they helping to funnel funds to programs and to organizations that are really breaking the ground in fighting men’s cancers and fighting mental health issues, not only are they right on the forefront of breaking through to new territory in treatment and prevention, and communication about all this stuff but they’re starting that conversation in a way that I feel like especially in America but worldwide we really desperately need.” --Andrew, supporter
Where does the money go?
Movember has raised $900M globally to date and that money has funded over 1,250 innovative programs around the world. Programs help doctors and nurses improve quality of care and help men to take control of their health and quality of life. We focus a lot on collaboration, knowledge sharing, and community. For example, we have two international registries that track the care received and the resulting outcomes on men’s health over time. Our True North Global registry for localized prostate cancer is in 15 countries and in more than 150 clinical sites, and our True North IRONMAN registry for advanced prostate cancer is in 10 countries and in more than 100 clinical sites. Over 160,000 men have participated in these registries.
What does Movember do for prostate cancer?
Movember has dedicated more than $540 million in prostate cancer for biomedical clinical trials and research to develop new treatments and diagnostics, clinical quality registries to collect data to standardize and improve quality of care, clinical services to deliver care, and digital health platforms to deliver online tools and resources to educate, empower, and encourage men and their loved ones. Over 14,000 men have received support from programs focused on recovery. One example of a prostate cancer program in the US is True North, which is an online platform that provides men with prostate cancer and their loved ones with multimedia support content and tools which help track health (Prostate Specific Antigen levels or symptoms) over time.
How can I get involved?
Movember has events across the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and over 15 other countries. As an example, on November 9th, Movember is hosting an official Undie Run, presented by Saxx Underwear, in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Vancouver, where you can run in the streets in your undies. You can also start conversations and raise funds by growing a moustache, hosting an event yourself, or taking a move challenge to walk an extra 60 miles over the month (representing the 60 men that take their lives every hour across the globe). You can find an event near you by visiting the events section on the Movember website and sign up to join us.
A message from Movember
First, thank you for being part of this community, seeking and sharing resources, and driving awareness and conversations. Second, thank you for any support. Our goal is for men to live happier, healthier, longer lives -- we do this for you, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you.
The conversation continues in Stay the Course: Movember's True North.
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