Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, with more than 1.1 million cases recorded in 2012. Even when successful, treatment can take a toll on the physical and mental health of those affected. We’re working towards a day where no man dies of prostate cancer.
How to fight prostate cancer:
The CANSA foundation is accelerating their research to give men the best possible outcome after their diagnosis, and to ensure that men have the information they need to take charge of their health. They are investing in initiatives that:
1. Deepen the worldwide knowledge of prostate cancer through research.
2. Trial and implement ways to improve the lives of men from diagnosis through to treatment, decision-making, active recovery and wellbeing.
3. Raise awareness and ensure that prostate cancer is a public priority.
4. Educate men on when and how to take action.
Our role as a global connector allows us to bring together experts and collaborate to tackle the critical issues facing men living with prostate cancer.
The results of poor mental health can be deadly. Globally, a man dies every minute from suicide. Men, regardless of age group, often don’t recognise when they’re experiencing a mental health issue, and may not be comfortable asking for help. The uncomfortable truth is that some stereotypical forms of masculinity are killing men.
How CANSA is helping men be mentally healthy
CANSA is committed to looking at the issue of mental health through a male lens and ensuring that the programmes they fund and support are tailored towards men. CANSA is funding initiatives that:
1. Develop successful, scalable models to improve the mental health and wellbeing of men.
2. Challenge the negative aspects of masculinity and the impact this can have on mental health.
3. Encourage men to stay connected with friends and family.
4. Bring conversations about mental health out of the health system (E.g. into sporting clubs or workplaces).
Investing in mental health initiatives
In 2006 the Movember Foundation began funding men’s mental health programmes in Australia. New Zealand was added in 2008. In 2013 this work was expanded to include programme in Canada, USA and the UK. In each case we conducted detailed analyses on the landscape of mental health of men and boys in that country.
CANSA believes in global collaboration to create a positive change in attitudes towards mental health and will continue to seek new funding opportunities that benefit men’s and boys’ mental health.