We love the concept of Movember because it brings a lot of people together to raise awareness about all the issues—from prostate cancer to depression—in the men’s health community that we don’t ordinarily hear about. We’re all about raising that kind of awareness here at hims because they’re issues that are near and dear to our hearts. And while the Movember Foundation are a great group of guys doing a ton of good for us men, there are plenty of other men’s health organizations that should be on your radar.
Men’s health issues don’t just stop December 1, and it’s important for us to be mindful of this every day.
Here are 6 Other Men’s Health Organizations That Need Your Attention:
Sean Kimerling was a 37-year-old Emmy award-winning sports anchor at WPIX 11 in New York. He was vivacious and talented, he had a loving girlfriend and family and it seemed like everything was going well for the up-and-coming big city news anchor. In august 2003, Sean was diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer. Sean thought he’d felt something in his testicles a year and a half before he was diagnosed, but when he went to a doctor, he was told it was nothing to be concerned about. When he went back to the doctor months later for severe back pain, he was prescribed medication for a kidney infection. When the pain continued on to the point of being unbearable for Sean, he went back to the doctor again, where he was finally diagnosed. Sean died one month after his diagnosis.
The Sean Kimerling Testicular Foundation was set up in Sean’s honor, and its mission statement is clear: No man should die from testicular cancer. The foundation is geared toward raising awareness about testicular cancer and the importance of self-examinations. That’s a message we can get behind.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men living in the U.S., with about 88 men dying from it every single day. It’s also believed that 1 in 9 men will have prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Despite those grim-sounding statistics, it’s important to know that prostate cancer remains one of the most treatable forms of cancer. For instance, the five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is literally 99%, and 95% of people who are found to have prostate cancer find it early enough to where the cancer is still confined strictly to the prostate.
ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, has a very clear and very strict mission statement: No more prostate cancer, ever. The organization aims to create public awareness, as well as be a collective voice for the movement to end prostate cancer. They help fund research and provide testing across the country and other resources for men suffering from the disease. Zero has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which means they’re extremely accredited and are a safe bet for anyone looking to donate or get involved.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world’s first and most popular provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Founded in 1981 by a group of six gay men who gathered in writer Larry Kramer’s living room with the goal of addressing the “gay cancer” and helping to raise money for research, the organization has evolved into one of the world’s biggest and most well-known HIV/AIDS prevention and research groups.
Remember: AIDS isn’t over, and whether you’re looking to get tested, already have the virus and are looking for resources to help manage treatment or just want to know more about HIV/AIDS and how it affects everyday people, this is an excellent website to pay attention to.
What we love most about the Men’s Health Network is how incredibly broad their group is. They’re an advocacy and outreach non-profit whose mission is teach men of all ages how to stay educated and find the treatment they need for whatever men’s health issues they face—from STD prevention to suicide, prostate cancer, etc. They cast a very wide net when it comes to men’s health, and have made their priorities about educating men about health awareness and disease prevention, while providing the tools and support necessary to help people learn more about the issues we face.
All told, they’re an exceptional organization. They have a 3-star rating with Charity Navigator, and they provide programming in partnership with religious institutions, retail providers, health care providers and other private groups, but are also committed to progressive, culturally sensitive materials to provide people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is another excellent men’s-oriented organization that’s doing incredible things for prostate cancer research all over the world. As we noted above, prostate cancer is the second-deadliest cancer in men, but also one of the simplest types to treat, if found early enough.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization whose sole mission is funding prostate cancer research to help wipe the face of this terrible disease off the face of the Earth for good. They’re also an extremely lean charity, with 81% of donations going directly to their research funding.
When we talk about “men’s health,” people generally think about different kinds of cancer or other common diseases/viruses/ailments in men. It’s disappointing to think that even when we do begrudgingly have a conversation about men’s health issues, we only focus on physical ailments, when in reality, “men’s health” is a broad and diverse spectrum of different issues. Those issues include emotional and psychological trauma, and even physical abuse.
The ManKind Initiative is a truly beautiful organization geared toward helping men (Only in the U.K., currently) who are suffering from domestic violence or abuse by their current or former partner, spouse or significant other. Not only are they helping to de-stigmatize the conversation about male victims, but they also provide direct support through confidential helplines, training courses and a directory of resources for men in need.