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8 Critical Medical Tests All Women Should Consider

By Meredith Carroll |

Most are painless and all are easy

Most are painless and all are easy

While we all know there are plenty of things we should be doing to take care of ourselves, there are many of us who just don’t. Sometimes because we’re simply too busy, but often it’s because we’re scared of the results.

The thing is, we go to great lengths to ensure the health and happiness of our children, but if we, their moms, aren’t around, our kids will never be at their happiest anyway.

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 medical eight tests that Yahoo Health recommends that all women should consider. As always, please discuss any tests you want with your doctor or another medical professional beforehand.

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These 8 Medical Tests for Women are Easy and Mostly Painless

Mole Screening

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.
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.

For 9 more medical tests recommended for women, visit Yahoo Health

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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