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Have your hubby check out those hard-to-see places, such as your back, then do the same for him. You probably know his body as well as you do your own.

Look Left Spending hours behind the wheel could lead to more sun damage on your left side (or right, if you ride shotgun), whether the window is open or not, according to a study from Saint Louis University.

Put Your Feet First It's easy to forget to slather sunscreen on your feet, so be sure to examine the tops, soles, and between your toes. Even go over your nail beds. Bob Marley died of a melanoma that had spread from one of his toes.

Athletes, Beware "Golfers and tennis players tend to have red, scaly spots all over their legs from playing in the sun," says Dr. Marmur. Those spots should be checked out; they could become cancerous.

Worry About Warts Skin cancers on feet are often mistaken for other things, like warts or bruises, especially by joggers and those whose feet take regular beatings, says Wendy E. Roberts, MD, former president of the Women's Dermatologic Society. If your "wart" doesn't go away in a month, get it checked by a derm.

Sit on This Skin cancer of the buttocks is common among people who visit tanning salons, according to Dr. Roberts.

Be a Sharp Shaver Do you "accidentally" nick a certain part of your legs or bikini area every single time you shave? Get it checked out -- it might be a skin cancer.

Search Where The Sun Don't Shine Since there's a genetic component to skin cancer, it can occur anywhere, even in places that aren't exposed to the sun. Yes, you even need to check your groin. In fact, gynecologists, ophthalmologists, and dentists might notice suspicious spots that could be skin cancers during their patients' regular checkups.

People with darker skin are at lower risk for skin cancer, says dermatologist Elizabeth L. Tanzi, MD, of Johns Hopkins University. But if they do get it, the prognosis is usually worse because it's found at a later stage.

If you've had a nonmelanoma skin cancer, see your doctor every six months; if you've been diagnosed with melanoma, go every three months.


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