Men's Health

On average, men die at a significantly younger age than women. The Average life expectancy for South African men is almost five years less than women, presently 79.5 compared to 84, however there is no biological reason for this.  The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in South Africa 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
  • 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…  
  • 302,744 men died in South Africa in 2008 which was 14,203 more than women.
  • Male deaths are greater across all age groups.
  • Nearly two thirds of South Africa’s population is overweight – 61%.
  • It is estimated that 238,590 men will be diagnosed with and 29,720 men will die of cancer of the prostate in 2013.
  • Men are more likely to smoke than women, with about one in five men smoking compared to one in seven women.
  • In 2005, there were an estimated 4,345 new cases of prostate cancer in South Africa.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in South African males.
  • 1 in 5 South Africans suffer from a mental disorder and the most common is depression.
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.za@movember.com