Men's Health

On average men die at a significantly younger age than women. The average life expectancy for New Zealand men is almost four  years less than women (presently 79.3 years compared to 83), however there is no biological reason for this. The reasons for the poor state of men’s health in New Zealand 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 physical 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.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among New Zealand men 
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer affecting New Zealand males between the ages of 15 and 35
  • Around one in eight New Zealand men experience depression at any given time 
  • Men go to a doctor three times less than women 
  • More men are diagnosed with and die from cancer than women 
  • More men have diabetes than women (6.0% of all men compared to 5.0% of all women)
  • Men younger than 35 years were generally more likely to smoke
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: