Movember – Changing the face of mens health

November 9, 2015

Movember is the celebration of the moustache and is run annually in the month of November to increase public awareness and research funding for several men’s health causes. 

Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $685 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. (1)

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and the third most common cause of cancer death.

Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumour. If left untreated, prostate cancer cells may eventually spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumours in a process known as metastasis.

One of the most worrying aspects of the disease is that most prostate cancers develop without men experiencing any symptoms in the early stages.

  • In 2011, 19,993 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in Australia
  • This represents 30% of all cancers diagnosed in Australian men.
  • The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by age of 85 is 1 in 5 men.
  • In 2015 it is estimated that 17,250 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Australia
  • Prostate cancer caused 3,079 deaths in 2012 and is expected to cause 3,440 deaths in 2015.
  • By the end of 2009, there were 86,207 men still alive after being diagnosed with prostate cancer within the preceding five-year period.

Can life insurance products help?

We are happy to arrange a meeting with an insurance specialist to discuss several insurance products and benefits that may be relevant to your personal situation.

There are a variety of different insurance products to consider from Income Protection, Trauma and Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) benefits or Life Cover benefits in the event of a terminal illness or death.

Our team are passionate about helping with a variety of causes including Movember.  Please support Leenane Templeton’s Joel Griffith here.   

 

Sources

  • Information from Movember Foundation Website (1)
  • Cancer Australia –  https://canceraustralia.gov.au/affected-cancer/cancer-types/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-statistics
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 2015. Prostate Cancer
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015. ACIM (Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality) Books. Canberra: AIHW.
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Australasian Association of Cancer Registries 2012. Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012. Cancer series no. 74. Cat. no. CAN 70. Canberra: AIHW.

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