On the Safe Side: 7 Medical Tests All Women Should Know About

Babble.com
Healthy Living
February 12, 2013
Mole Screening
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: Babble</div><div class="caption-title">Mole Screening</div>Many women have had extensive exposure to the sun throughout their life. Regular screenings are an excellent way to try and combat melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer, as well as basal-cell and squamous-cell carcinomas, which are more common and nearly 100 percent curable when caught early. <br> Screenings involve having a doctor check all the moles and freckles on the body and scalp and possible measure or remove some if they look suspicious for further testing. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the American Cancer Society recommends professional skin examinations every year for people older than 40, and every 3 years for people ages 20 - 40. <br> <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/the-health-benefits-of-coffee-and-a-few-recipes-to-keep-you-going/?cmp=ELP|bbl|lp|YahooShine|Main||021213|||famE|||" target=""><b><i>Related: 9 surprising reasons why coffee is good for you</i></b></a>

There are plenty of things we should be doing to take care of ourselves, yet somehow, there are many of us who just don't bother. Sometimes because we're simply too busy, but often it's because we're scared of the results. There are some tests that are critical and painless (or relatively so) that can detect things that, if treated relatively early on, can prolong our lives for decades. The tests are simple enough, and knowing the results is nothing short of great power. Here are eight medical tests that Yahoo Health recommends that all women should consider. Please discuss any tests with your doctor or another medical professional beforehand. - By Meredith Carroll



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