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The Movember Foundation Puts Its Money Where Its ‘Mo’ is

The Movember Foundation Puts Its Money Where Its ‘Mo’ is And Launches True NTH

- The largest global investment ever in improving the quality of life for men living with prostate cancer

• Movember Foundation commits over $45 million globally to change the way men live with and beyond prostate cancer

• True NTH puts the spotlight on helping men with prostate cancer and their families to overcome a range of prostate cancer side effects from sexual function to depression and helps them return to a good quality of life following diagnosis and treatment

As millions of men around the world prepare to donate their upper lips to Movember — the Movember Foundation announces the largest global investment ever into improving the quality of life for men living with prostate cancer through the launch of their True NTH programme.

For men living with prostate cancer there are huge lifestyle impacts that leave men in the dark about how they can go back to living a normal life. A significant proportion of men living with and beyond prostate cancer will experience sexual health issues such as erectile dysfunction, psychological issues including depression, and also continence problems that have debilitating impacts on their lives and their family’s lives.

“We are exceptionally proud to be a part of this global initiative which is set to revolutionise the care Prostate Cancer sufferers receive in New Zealand. The Movember Foundation will be investing over $500k to the True NTH programme to ensure our Kiwi men receive the support and information they deserve,” says Robert Dunne, New Zealand Country Manager, Movember.

True NTH is a revolutionary new programme that will help men living with prostate cancer to get access to quality life enhancing information, care and support including treatment information, lifestyle advice, experiences shared with other prostate cancer survivors, and better access to healthcare professionals. Launching in UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada this comprehensive set of personalised programmes will revolutionise the way that men and their families live with and beyond prostate cancer.

“The Cancer Society of New Zealand is delighted to extend its partnership with Movember and to support the True NTH Prostate Cancer Survivorship Programme. Every day the Cancer Society provides support and information to men coping with prostate cancer. We are excited about joining the True NTH programme as it aims to improve the lives of prostate cancer survivors across New Zealand and around the world. As prostate cancer survival rates improve, cancer services here and around the world must evolve to manage prostate cancer as a long-term chronic condition. The True NTH programme is an important part of this,” says Michael Smith, CEO Cancer Society Wellington Division.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide for men. Over the past 25 years, a dramatic improvement in survival has been observed, partly due to earlier diagnosis and improvements in treatment. However, as survival rates improve, there is an overwhelming growing need to address the quality of life and the quality of care and services to help manage prostate cancer as a long-term chronic condition and to

support men in getting back to living a normal life.

The Movember Foundation is uniquely positioned to bring independent healthcare professionals, men living with prostate cancer and their families from around the world together to shape the True NTH programme. Using money raised by Mo Bros and Mo Sistas the Movember Foundation has been able to bring these global experts together for the first time to design and implement the most comprehensive personalised programmes that address the critical unmet needs of men.

The Movember Foundation’s Executive Director of Programmes, Paul Villanti, commented, “Historically, the investment into new approaches to prostate cancer care has been very low and the quality of life of many men living with prostate cancer is totally unacceptable. As treatment for men with prostate cancer is completed, many men report fear of recurrence, fatigue, distress, anxiety, depression, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. Not all of the required services are available to support men in these areas, yet they are vital to enabling men and their families return to living a life as normal as possible. For all these reasons, there is an urgent need to change the way in which prostate cancer care is delivered. True NTH addresses this head on and will help improve the journey of men and their families living with, and beyond prostate cancer.”

True NTH will initially be rolled out in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK and Canada. The services will be monitored and evaluated to ensure that there is a demonstrable impact on care outcomes with a view to scaling the programmes nationally and internationally.

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