No Shave November isn't just about ditching the razor and growing a beard. It's also about saving lives by encouraging loved ones, especially men, to get a yearly check up with their doctor.

Another suggestion? Ask them to get screened for diseases like colon cancer. The recommended starting age is now lower, between 40 and 45, depending on your family history.

Unfortunately, many men haven't seen a doctor in years. Dr. Joseph Hobbs is the Chair Emeritus with the Department of Family and Community Medicine with the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Hobbs says there are many reasons why men are avoiding medical checkups. One is actually a form of denial. 

"It's almost a sense of invincibility. it's a part of the male ego if you will, that suggests that happens to others but won't happen to me."

To learn more about No Shave November, cancer prevention and hopefully saving lives, check out no-shave.org. I also have a link on my Facebook page. 

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