Money raised through One For The Boys is used to advocate for men’s health by changing male attitudes towards speaking up and taking action at all levels. We do this by creating further awareness and educating men, women, and health professionals on crucial areas of men’s health – and more specifically Cancer, and all the types of Cancers that can affect men. Male Cancer is more than just Testicular Cancer or Prostate Cancer. Men can also get Bowel Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mouth Cancer, and even Breast Cancer.
Did you know more men die from Cancer than women? There’s no biological reason for this. All too often it’s due to men not getting checked earlier enough – which causes delays to Cancer diagnosis and treatment. Most Cancers are treatable if caught early. But as many Cancers present minor symptoms – or no symptoms at all – in the early stages, there’s really no time to waste in visiting the doctor.
One For The Boys is here to help more men catch – and treat – Cancer at earlier stages by improving awareness and education, creating conversations, and providing support. Here are just a few of the things we do to try and create positive change for men’s health:
- Education programmes: We work closely with medical professionals to build education programmes that can meet men - and boys - in their own way. We also engage and work with health professionals as part of their continued professional development – so all clinicians can identify high-risk groups, potential symptoms, available testing and when to refer patients to a specialist.
- Screening campaigns: Working with clinicians and health bodies to identify high-risk groups for different types of Cancers (not just the common Cancers, but rarer ones as well), to help encourage them to take advantage of health screenings available, and improve the screening rates across the world.
- Awareness drives: Creation of awareness campaigns to encourage men to keep talking about their health, and remove the stigma around men admitting when there might be a problem.
- Community programmes: Facilitating conversations around men’s health at a local level through Cancer champions within communities across the world.
- Cancer support: Working towards building online and in-person support groups where men can come together to discuss and support each other through health concerns and issues they face after going through Cancer, without fear of judgment.
- Support for loved ones: When a loved one is diagnosed with Cancer, it can feel earth shattering – and it can be hard to know what you can do to help. The priority becomes supporting that person through their diagnosis, treatment, and either their recovery, or their tragic passing. We aim to provide outside support to families / friends who have a loved one going through Cancer - giving them a sounding board, advice, and space to decompress.
- Experiences: Providing some time out for Cancer survivors and those currently going through Cancer - helping them take their minds off Cancer through exclusive experiences, events, and opportunities.
- Campaign for change: We work closely with government, public bodies, and health organisations to create meaningful change to help reduce the risks of Cancer and improve people’s overall health. This starts at a young age - with working towards education for children on maintaining healthy relationships (and avoiding addictions) for things like food, alcohol, and tobacco. Helping young people be aware of the risks, understand mental health that can lead to dependencies (and what to do if they're struggling, or know someone who is), and know how to check themselves for potential symptoms and get checked is so important. These attitudes and awareness towards health need to be ingrained from a young age to allow people to know what's going on with them and advocate for their well-being.
OFTB Unite is the registered charity of the One For The Boys campaign. Registered charity number of OFTB Unite: 1158334