9 Must-Have Health Tests for Women
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According to the American Melanoma Foundation (AMF), melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in women, and has been linked to excessive sun exposure as a child, particularly between the ages of 10 and 18. Just five sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of developing skin cancer, and the AMF reports that 80% of lifetime sun damage occurs during childhood.
Get checked annually, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer, and semi-annually if you've been treated for melanoma.
Additionally, conduct a self exam for any new or suspicious looking moles on your body. The American Academy of Dermatology has a body mole map with instructions on what to look for and an illustration to document where you have moles on your body.
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