Movember

Movember is an annual event where men all over the world grow a moustache every November, for the sake of men’s health. The funds raised each year go towards programmes targeted at prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The awareness that is generated prompts men to be proactive when it comes to their health. It’s this awareness that can ultimately save lives.

If you don’t want to grow a mo – or you can't – you can support men’s health by getting involved in Move for Movember.  Walking or running 60km over the month means you’ll do something good for yourself while supporting the work of the Movember Foundation.

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If you need more convincing to get involved, check out some facts and figures about Kiwi men’s health, and let’s make this Movember the best one yet!

600

The number of men who die each year in New Zealand from prostate cancer. 

444

The number of men who committed suicide in New Zealand in 2020. 

1 in 8

The number of men who will experience a serious episode of depression in their lifetime.

173

The number of New Zealand men diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2015. This rate has doubled since the 1970s.

98%

A person’s survival rate beyond 5 years if prostate cancer is detected early. 

65 years

Men who develop prostate cancer are mostly over the age of 65. It rarely occurs in men younger than 55. In very elderly men, prostate cancer often grows very slowly and may cause no symptoms. 

50

The age that every man should ask their doctor about having a PSA test – a simple blood test used to screen for prostate cancer. 

45

The age men need to ask their doctor about a PSA test if they have a family history of prostate cancer or if they’re of African or Caribbean descent. 

1 in 13

About the number of men who’ll develop prostate cancer before age 75. 

15–35

The age group in which testicular cancer is the most common cancer affecting men. 

2.5

Million dollars raised for Movember 2020 in New Zealand. 

20

The number of countries involved in Movember in 2020.

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References

  1. Prostate cancer programme Ministry of Health, NZ
  2. Movember foundation
  3. Seeing depression as a health issue for men Depression New Zealand, 
  4. Suicide web tool Ministry of Health, NZ
  5. Is it depression and/or anxiety? Depression NZ
  6. Cancer – historical summary 1948–2015 Ministry of Health, NZ

Reviewed by

Kris Garstang is consulting clinical psychologist at Life Mind Psychology. She has practiced as a registered clinical psychologist for over twenty years and is a fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. She has expertise in different evidence based psychological therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. Areas of interest include primary mental health, e-therapies, mental health leadership and workplace wellbeing.
Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team. Reviewed By: Kris Garstang, Clinical Psychologist, Life Mind Psychology Last reviewed: 24 May 2022