With men being 60% more likely to get the cancers that affect both sexes and 70% more likely to die from those cancers, beating male cancer is one of the topics of conversation that we focus on every year at the National Conference for Men and Boys.
If you want to take part in this year’s event why not book your ticket online today:
Research into male cancer reveals that we put less time, energy and money into tackling cancer in men than women, for example:
- We invest less funding into research about male cancers than female cancers.
- We systematically vaccinate teenage girls against HPV which causes cancers in men and women, but we don’t vaccinate boys.
- Women are screened systematically for breast cancer and cervical cancer but no equivalent national screening programme exists to detect male specific cancers.
Things have begun to shift in the past ten to 15 years. When the Men’s Health Form launched in 1999 it revealed that the government was spending eight times as much on women’s health as it was on men’s. Research into prostate cancer was receiving just £37,000 a year compared with £4.3m spent on research into breast cancer. And while there were 150 organisations linked to breast cancer, there was only one highlighting prostate cancer.
Male cancer is still not taken as seriously as female cancer but things are moving. A growing number of small and large charities focused on male cancer have emerged and funding into research has risen significantly. According to research from Prostate Cancer UK, now one of the big guns in UK male cancer sector, the combined government and charity spend on female cancer research is £60m a year, three times more than is spent on research into male cancers (£19.7m).
As well as the huge expansion of Prostate Cancer UK—helped in no small part by the highly successful Movember campaign imported from Australia— a number of survivor-led awareness campaigns have emerged particularly in relation to testicular cancer. As a result, male cancer survivors have become a significant, active and vibrant part of the men and boys sector in the UK today.
If you are not aware of the broad range of male cancer charities and campaigns currently operating in the UK , check out some of the links below (it’s not a complete lists, just a shapshot and if you want to share other links with us just let us know). We look forward to welcoming representatives from some of these campaigns to the Third National Conference for Men and Boys where they can both connect which each other and find opportunities to link their work to other professionals from around the country working with men and boys in areas like fatherhood, education and men’s health.
- Prostate Cancer UK
- Bob Champion Cancer Trust
- Prostate Cancer Federation
- Male Cancer Awareness (home of Mr Testicles)
- Check Em Lads
- Ball Boys
- Balls 2 Cancer
- Blue Ribbon Foundation
- Mark Gory Foundation
- Josh Carrick Foundation
- The Prostate Project
- Throat Cancer Foundation (campaigning for HPV vaccinations for boys)
- Cahonas Scotland
- Action Cancer Northern Ireland
- Tenovus (Wales)
- One for the boys
- Blue September
- Cancer Research (Men’s Cancer Pages)
If you are interested in tackling male cancer or any other issues facing men and boys then make sure you book your ticket for the Third National Conference for Men and Boys today.
If you know of a UK cancer project helping men and boys please email us a link and we’ll add it to this list (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).