Last week, the Leader launched its No-Shave November fundraising effort, featuring four teams in the community who have agreed to grow out their facial hair in the name of forwarding awareness of men’s health.

No-Shave November is intended to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose in order to start conversation surrounding men’s health and the importance of getting checked.

The Leader is pleased to announce the entry of Team Gothenburg Health in the race for best facial hair in November.

There are many steps men can take to improve their health and longevity, starting with yearly checkups with a physician.

These checkups will cover the basics - blood pressure, cholesterol and scheduling blood tests that screen for prostate cancer, diabetes, liver issues and anemia as well as screenings based on family history.

At the age of 45, it is strongly suggested that men should have a baseline colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer.

By 50, it’s time to get the shingles vaccine and at 60 years old, men should be getting a tri-vascular screening to check for aneurysms and blockages in blood flow.

Now to the fun stuff.

If you choose to participate in No-Shave November, we have some tips for you in order to keep your facial hair at its fullest.

Make sure you use a gentle cleanser or soap to remove dirt and keep your mane clean.

Beard oils are helpful to keep your beard growing firmly and evenly.

Don’t forget that you have a face under your beard and keep those cheeks moisturized to avoid itching and be sure to maintain a good skincare routine to avoid damage to your skin.

And if you’re really wanting to keep yourself looking clean, grab a comb to keep the locks on your face looking shiny and smooth.

Keep an eye on gothenburgleader.com and the Gothenburg Leader Facebook page for a link and information on how you can vote for your favorite team in our No-Shave November fundraiser.

Your vote is a donation to our campaign and all funds will be donated to Gothenburg Health to defray the cost of men’s health screenings.

The top vote-getting team will get a prize pack from the Leader.