Men’s Health Network

Men's Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness and disease prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.

 

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  • Celebrating 25 Years of Men's Health

    See how you can help and donate to the campaign

  • My Prostate Cancer Coach

    Because every man is different and every cancer is unique, it is important to find out the risk group for your individual cancer.

  • Know Your Cancer

    Are you or a loved one newly diagnosed with prostate cancer? Empower yourself with the information you need to make the right treatment decision. 

  • Fibromyalgia Caregiver Toolkit

    Being a caregiver isn’t always easy. Each day can throw new challenges your way. With that in mind we’ve designed this toolkit to provide insight, tips and tools for the male caregivers of patients with fibromyalgia.

  • National Men’s Health Week

    Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. This week heightens awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys

  • A new survey that we developed in partnership with Chattem, Inc., the U.S. consumer healthcare division of Sanofi, shows that 90% of men in the U.S. want to take charge of their own health. The survey results also indicate the significance of sexual health to men today, with nearly 1 in 3 men (30%) saying sexual health is one of the most important elements of their overall health and wellness. This survey was conducted online by Harris Poll and its results were shared in recognition of International Men's Day, which takes place on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

  • An ongoing series of top-level discussions on the health and wellbeing of boys and men across the lifespan. The Dialogue on Men’s Health provides structure and coordination for efforts to find common ground and synergy among healthcare professionals, patient groups, community organizations, private corporations, and government agencies as they address the unique challenges that confront men, boys, and their families.

    Read the Framework for Advancing the Overall Health and Wellness of America’s Boys and Men here.

    Read A Vision for Wellness and Health Equity for American Indian and Alaska Native Boys and Men here.

  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's efforts in improving men's health have been recognized and honored with the “Outstanding Political Leadership in Men’s Health Award" by the American Public Health Association: Men's Health Caucus.

  • Washington, DC (September 13, 2018) – Men’s Health Network issued the following statement urging Congress to address issues impacting the Medicare Part D Program:

    “The recent changes to Medicare Part D included in the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018 could not only undermine the competitive nature of the program that has contributed to its long-term success, but also impact seniors’ ability to afford the medications they need to stay healthy. Additionally, a looming Part D cliff threatens to increase out-of-pocket spending for seniors by raising the amount needed to reach catastrophic coverage by $1,250 by the year 2020. With Congress returning to close out the year, we strongly urge members to implement new legislation that would fix these pressing problems and preserve access to care for aging men and women across the country.” 

  • 2018 Marks Renewed Momentum for Prostate Cancer Screenings and Awareness

     

    Washington — Men’s Health Network (MHN) is continuing its push to raise prostate health awareness for men of all ages during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September.

     

    Prostate cancer remains a leading cancer in American men; about 2.8 million men are living with the disease with approximately 30,000 men dying each year. The American Cancer Society reports that about 164,690 men are expected be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 with 29,430 deaths expected.

     

    This year has seen an increase of momentum in prostate cancer awareness. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently commissioned a $26.5 million study to research the high frequency of aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men. Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised a 2012 decision that recommended against the use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing for the early detection of prostate cancer; the 2018 guidelines now recommend that men ages 55-69 talk to their doctor about screening options that may be right for them.

     

    “We are pleased that 2018 has seen renewed vigor in prostate cancer research and emphasis on men engaging with their healthcare providers about prostate health and screening options for prostate cancer,” said Ana Fadich, CHES, vice president of MHN. “During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the rest of the rest of the year, MHN will continue to advocate for men in all at-risk age groups, including those over the age of 69, to be screened for prostate cancer.”

     

    Prostate cancer remains a health concern for men over 69. Men aged between 70 –74, specifically, lead all age groups in new cases of prostate cancer, according to the most recent data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recent guidelines by the USPSTF recommended against men over the age 69 from being screened for the disease.

     

    MHN will continue awareness efforts during September with health screenings, partnerships, and media engagement. Advisors for MHN appeared on the nationally syndicated Armstrong Williams Show in late August to kick-off the annual awareness period. Other social media activities will be announced as the month progresses. MHN will also continue advocating for the health and wellness of men through its work with the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus.

     

    MHN believes that early detection through screenings like the PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen test) and DRE (digital rectal exam) is the key to successful treatment, which is responsible for saving an untold number of men by encouraging them to have a discussion with their healthcare provider about prostate cancer and early detection.

     

    “Lives can be saved when there is more communication and awareness on health matters,” said Vivek Sinha, MD, an MHN advisor specializing in Family Medicine. “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to open dialogue on preventative screenings for the disease—a more cognizant patient is able to make informed decisions about their health.”

     

    For more on Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, MHN is directing inquiries to - http://www.prostatecancerawarenessmonth.com/- that has free downloadable fact sheets, brochures, and posters, links to national advocacy organizations, and a social media toolkit.

     

     

    To learn more about prostate cancer and prostate health, visit the Prostate Health Guide at http://www.prostatehealthguide.com/and the Men's Health Resource Center at http://www.MensHealthResourceCenter.com

     

     

    Men's Health Network (MHN) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.MensHealthNetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork . For more information on MHN's ongoing Dialogue on Men's Health series, visit www.dialogueonmenshealth.com

     

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  • Contact:  Mike Leventhal

                     865.406.0129

                     mikel@menshealthnetwork.net

    September is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease

     

    NASHVILLE – One in nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and the most commonly diagnosed.

     

    In 2018, nearly 165,000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected in the United States with nearly 3,000 of those in Tennessee.  That is forecasted to result in nearly 30,000 lives lost to prostate cancer across the country and 550 across the state.

     

    Among those statistics, one in six African-American men will develop the disease in his lifetime, which is almost two times the rate of white males.  African-American men are also 2.3 times as likely to die from the disease.

     

    “Finding prostate cancer at an early stage gives patients the best hope for effective treatment and to live cancer-free,” said Mike Leventhal, executive director of Tennessee Men’s Health Network. “That is why it is crucial for Tennesseans to know about and understand the disease, especially African-American men who are being affected in larger numbers.”

     

    “We also know that more research needs to be done to find more effective and advanced treatments for these men,” Leventhal continued.

     

    If the disease progresses to the advanced stage, also known as metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), the prognosis becomes poor with a median survival rate of around 3 years.

     

    Patient outcomes are positively impacted by improved awareness of the disease, an understanding of increased risks for developing it, and access to recent medical advances that can extend the time a patient lives without his cancer spreading.

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    Tennesseans are encouraged to talk to their physicians regarding their potential risks of developing prostate cancer as well as when screening and related tests for early detection are needed.

     

    For individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer, shared decision making between the patient, his family, other caregivers, and his physician is important to support the right care, and patients should talk to their doctor to learn more about the disease, treatment options and to find support groups and services in their communities or online.

     

    Tennessee Men’s Health Network is an affiliate of the Men’s Health Network headquartered in Washington, D.C. TMHN is a private nonprofit educational organization comprised of physicians, researchers, public and private health professionals, and individuals. TMHN is committed to improving the health and well-being of men and boys in Tennessee through educational campaigns, data collection, and collaborative efforts with health care providers to promote programs and funding on men’s health needs. For more information visit, www.menshealthnetwork.org or contact 865.406.0129.

     

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