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Baby with fake mustache. Hashtag Movember.

Did you know No-Shave November, or its fellow program Movember, is not about keeping warm for winter, or about bucking tradition, or even about getting ready for that handlebar moustache convention in the future?

It actually started as a way to bring attention to some of the leading silent killers of men.

Both programs have similar goals: to draw attention to men's health issues and help raise money to fight cancer, particularly the ones that few people speak about, such as prostate, colorectal and testitcular cancers.

No-Shave November was founded by the Chicago-area Hill family on Facebook in 2009, as a tribute to their father, Matt Hill, who passed away from colon cancer in 2007.

According to the No-Shave.org website, "The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle."

In 2013, the organization joined forces with the American Cancer Society and pledges were created where men could stop shaving, and donate all the money they would have spent on grooming that month to the ACS.

Movember dates back to 2003 when two Australian friends joined forces to create the Movember Foundation, a program that does outreach and project funding around the globe in addition to encouraging health awareness. Movember gets its name from the Australian nickname for the mustache, "mo."

According to the Movember Foundation website, in 13 years the group has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. Participants in Movember are encouraged to actively talk about their mustache and their health issues, and to host events where men can get health information.

Here at the library, we have books that can answer these and many other questions about health, as well as ebooks and online resources, all accessible from any computer or smart device.

From authoritative information on prostate cancer to peer reviewed journal articles on the latest research, Health & Wellness Resource Center has the information needed to understand the issues behind the mustaches.

You can find this and other health resources online at www.myjcpl.org/databases/health. Also check out our ebooks and eaudiobooks at www.myjcpl.org/overdrive.