Men's Health

On average, men die at a significantly younger age than women – the average life expectancy for Australian men is almost five years less than women (presently 79.5 compared to 84), however there is no biological reason for this. The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in Australia and around the world are numerous and complex. 
From Movember’s perspective the reasons for the poor state of men’s health include:
  • Lack of awareness and understanding of the health issues men face
  • Men not openly discussing their health and how they’re feeling
  • Reluctance to take action when men don’t feel physical or mentally well
  • Men engaging in risky activities that threaten their health  
  • Stigmas surrounding mental health
Movember aims to change the face of men’s health and reverse this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, we want to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to learn and talk about their health more openly and take action.

Using scary stats to motivate people is not how we roll at Movember, but the facts below are too startling to ignore.
  • Every hour, more than four men die from potentially preventable conditions in Australia
  • Male deaths are greater across all age groups and the total burden of disease and injury (including premature death, ill health and disability) for males in Australia is 10% higher than for females
  • Nearly two thirds of Australia’s population is overweight, with men being twice as likely to be overweight or obese than women
  • 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85
  • More men have diabetes than women (4.3% of all men compared to 3.6% of all women) 
  • Men are more likely to smoke than women, with about one in five men smoking compared to one in seven women
  • In 2009, there were an estimated 19,438 new cases of prostate cancer in Australia. In 2010 more than 3,200 men died in Australia, accounting for 13.3% of all cancer deaths
  • Excluding skin cancer, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in Australian males between the ages of 15 and 39
  • Researchers estimate that around one in eight Australian men (1.3 million) experiences depression at any given time
  • In any 12-month period, 1 in 5 adults (over 16) will experience at least one mental illness
Our vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by supporting prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.  We focus our efforts on:
  • Awareness and Education
  • Staying Mentally Healthy
  • Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • Living With and Beyond Mental Illness
  • Research

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