Men's Health

On average, men die at a significantly younger age than women – the average life expectancy for Irish men is almost five years less than women (presently 77 compared to 82), however there is no biological reason for this.  The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in Ireland 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
  • a reluctance to take action when men don’t feel physically 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…  
  • The number of cancer cases diagnosed each year in Ireland has risen by almost 50% since the mid 1990's
  • An annual average of 29,745 cancer cases was registered in Ireland during the three year period 2007-2009
  • 39% of Irish adults are overweight and 18% are obese, with men being more likely to be overweight or obese than women
  • Irish men have a 1 in 8 chance of developing prostate cancer. A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer is 1 in 10
  • Obese men are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  • 7,000 people die from a smoking related disease in Ireland every year
  • In 2010, 3,125 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland, a small increase on 3,079 in 2009. Non Melanoma skin cancer, bowel, lung, breast and prostate cancer make up over two-thirds of all cancer cases diagnosed in Ireland.
  • Excluding skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Irish males, with 2,859 cases reported in 2009
  • Researchers estimate that 450,000 people in Ireland live with depression at any one time
  • 1 in 4 people will experience at least one mental health difficulty at some point in their lives
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





For specific men’s health references, please email: info.ie@movember.com