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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 four key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Details about the 1,000 projects in 21 countries that Movember has funded to date, can be found here.

All programs are faciliatated by the Movember Foundation and are aligned to Movember's strategic priorities. To learn more about Movember's men's health initiatives and funding process, please read Our Funding Strategy.

Men's Health Partners

In Canada funds raised go to Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) and Movember Foundation programs. Foundation programs include testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Prostate Cancer

 
We invest in research and health services that contribute to less men dying from prostate cancer and for those that live with the disease a greatly improved quality of life, both physically and mentally.

  • 1 in 8 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifestime.
  • A man diagnosed with prostate cancer faces many difficult choices when it comes to which treatment options are best for him.
  • Men living with and beyond prostate cancer may experience significant on-going side effects from treatment, including incontinence, lack of sexual function, bowel problems, anxiety and depression, pain, nausea and fatigue.
The Movember Foundation's True NTH global program is working to improve the lives of those men and their families who are living with and beyond prostate cancer, to learn more click here.


Testicular Cancer
 
We invest in research and health services that contribute to no man dying from testicular cancer and for those that live with the disease a greatly improved quality of life, both physically and mentally.
 

  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young Canadian men aged 15 - 29 years.
  • There is the feeling that a 95% cure rate is a success story. For the majority of men who are diagnosed with testicular cancer, the prognosis is great. But for the 1 in 20, this is still a death sentence.
  • Even in those who are effectively cured of the disease, some will have life long effects from the toxic therapies that are used to cure them of cancer.

 
Because people don’t see this as a large social problem, testicular cancer is desperately underfunded and the Movember Foundation is tackling the testicular cancer issue through research, health services, ensuring testicular cancer is a public priority and educating men about the disease and what action to take.

Poor Mental Health
 
Mental health is an integral part of health. We invest in programs to help men and boys stay mentally healthy.
 

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health issue.
  • 3 of 4 suicides by death are men.
  • Men often aren’t comfortable talking about significant life events, such as becoming a father, breakdown of a relationship, job loss, or financial troubles.
  • Oftentimes, men don’t have good social connections, which can lead to loneliness, which has a negative effect on health, and don’t usually recognize when they’re experiencing a mental health issue.
  • Stereotypical forms of masculinity are killing men. For a man to ask for help can be seen as failure, because by convention men feel they should be in control at all times.

We’re tackling the issue of keeping men and boys mentally healthy  through strengthening the social networks of men and boys through tough times, challenging the idea that a “strong and control” man is the only way to be manly and to get men to feel more comfortable talking about significant life events such as becoming a father, breakdown of a relationship or loss of a job.
 
All programs are facilitated by the Movember Foundation and in line with the Board's strategic priorities. To learn more about the Movember Foundation's men's health initiatives and funding cycle, visit Funded Programs.