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

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  • 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.

  • Men’s Health Network, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Testicular Cancer Foundation, Men’s Health Initiative, and American Oncology Association

    Join Forces in the Call for Greater Awareness

     

    WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) is partnering with a coalition of health organizations focused on raising awareness during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April. Together, the organizations are calling on greater awareness among men, healthcare providers, and communities about this rare form of cancer.

     

    Although testicular cancer accounts for about 1 percent of all male cancers, it is the most common form of cancer among men between 15 and 35 years old. It has one of the highest survival rates, if found early. That’s what makes prevention techniques and overall awareness critically important. This year alone, in the U.S., more than 9,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 400 deaths will occur this year due to the disease.

     

    This year, the group—which includes MHN, the Men’s Health Initiative, the Testicular Cancer Foundation, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the American Oncology Association, among others—will continue its call for awareness and also highlight the impact the disease has on the quality of life of patients, survivors, and their families.

     

    “The good news is that testicular cancer, if caught early, has a 99 percent five-year survival rate,” said Ana Tomsic, Vice President of MHN. “Unfortunately, later stage diagnosis significantly decreases that percentage, which is why we need to educate boys at an early age to talk about the consequences of a late diagnosis. MHN encourages boys and men of this age group to regularly perform testicular self-exams, and if they feel a lump/bump, to tell someone and see a doctor immediately.”

     

    “Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15 to 35, which means prevention needs to start early,” said Carolyn Aldigé, Founder and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “It’s important to help young men build healthy habits that will reduce their cancer risk—like eating a nutritious diet, getting regular exercise, never using tobacco and limiting alcohol intake. Regular physical exams with a doctor are also critical because they can help monitor for any changes that could be signs of cancer.”

     

     

    "One of the most powerful things a male can do for himself is to become aware of the issues that may threaten his health over his lifetime,” said Michael J. Rovito, PhD, founder and chairman of the Men’s Health Imitative. “It is critically important for all males, and specifically those most at risk for developing TCa (males aged 15-45), to learn how to detect the disease early through self-exams."

     

     

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    "It is great to join forces with the Men’s Health Network for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month,” said Connor O’Leary, Chief Mission Officer of the Testicular Cancer Foundation. “Testicular Cancer is bigger than any one organization, and partnering with like-minded organizations in the testicular cancer is how we will affect change in the TC community. We couldn’t be more pleased to a part of this initiative.”

    The TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth.com website helps educate people about risk factors, warning signs, and treatment options for the disease. The site offers videos, a social media toolkit, downloadable brochures, research articles, and examples of awareness activities to turn a difficult-to-discuss problem into an interactive and easier-to-approach learning experience.

     

    During the month, MHN and its coalition partners will be offering interviews from patients and health experts. MHN will also hold a #BallChat Twitter Chat the week on April 24 to further promote testicular cancer awareness to a wider audience.

     

    About Men’s Health Network

     

    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 atwww.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork.

                                                                                                                                           

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  • Executive Order Establishes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Task Force

     

    WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) applauds President Trump’s executive action to address the current service members and veterans mental health and suicide epidemic. On Tuesday, the President signed an executive order that, among other things, establishes a Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force.

               

    More than 20 veterans and active-duty military commit suicide every day in the United States. They account for one-sixth of the more than 47,000 Americans who died by suicide in 2017.

     

    Veterans’ and military mental health and suicide was the recent topic of a congressional briefing held on Capitol Hill  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiZlGdW8v48) by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus and Men’s Health Network. U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) spoke at the event.

     

    “Suicide among veterans and active duty service members is an ongoing and often overlooked tragedy. Health and wellness are essential to any community—our veterans and service members are no different,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of MHN. “President Trump’s executive order sets the groundwork for a national discussion and action on addressing mental health and suicide among veterans and service members.”

     

    The executive order calls for the development of a comprehensive national public health roadmap, President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide or PREVENTS, for preventing suicide among the nation’s veterans, with the goal of ending suicide once and for all. The order sets a one-year deadline for the Task Force to develop and submit a roadmap to President Trump to empower veterans to pursue an improved quality of life, prevent suicide, prioritize related research activities, and strengthen collaboration across the public and private sectors.

     

    “Men’s Health Network has a long history of supporting the physical and mental health needs of our veteran population. In this important endeavor our group will remain enthusiastic and committed contributors to this developing process,” said David Gremillion, MD, an MHN board member, and past president of the Society of Air Force Physicians.

     

    "Men, especially those who have served in the military, are often reluctant to ask for help," said Armin Brott (MrDad.com), an advisor to Men's Health Network and the author of "The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads.” “I believe that the President’s executive order will empower veterans to get the support they need. It will not only save lives, but will also spare families from the pain of losing a loved one."

     

  • WASHINGTON — Men’s Health Network (MHN) is asking members of Congress to support President Trump’s call for nationwide family leave in comments he made during last night’s State of the Union address. MHN is hopeful that Congress will support inclusive legislation and policy that also recognizes the vital role that fathers play in the family structure.

    During the Feb. 5 address, President Trump said the following:

    "I am also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.”

    A father’s ability to bond with a newborn has a profound impact on the child’s life improving school performance, mental health outcomes, and reducing the likeliness of drug and alcohol abuse.

    “The role that fathers play in a young child’s life cannot be overstated. Like mothers, fathers need time to bond with their newborns. A child’s physical and mental development is boosted when their father is present from the start,” said Ana Fadich, VP of MHN. “We are encouraged by President’s Trump renewing his call for family leave and urge Congress to support policies that help families and support healthy communities.”

    President Trump has previously called for six weeks of paid family. The U.S. remains one of the few developed countries without a national family leave policy.

    “By proposing ‘family leave’—as opposed to ‘maternity leave’—President Trump has taken an important step toward recognizing the unique and vital role that fathers play in their children’s lives and the many ways dads contribute to their children’s development,” said Armin Brott, an MHN advisor and author of The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year. “For example, children with actively involved fathers are more successful in and out of school, have fewer mental health problems, and are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol or to become teen parents.”

 

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