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One sunburn, one session the tanning bed, that's all it takes.

Cayce was 25 years old was getting ready for one of the happiest days of her life. "I was trying on a wedding dress and I turn around and there was a mole on my back," she said. Her doctor told her not to worry, but one week later she found out it was Melanoma.

Cayce chose radical treatment for her cancer and had an entire portion of her back removed. Until this point, Cayce had not been sun-safe. She used tanning bed.

Heather Joyner's sister had a different experience. Her sister noticed a mole she had her entire life had suddenly began changing. She had the mole removed and was cancer free for ten years, until it came back in her lungs, and then back again in her intestines.

She was never an avid tanner, but wearing sunscreen was not a priority

Both women say conquering cancer requires empowering young girls to love the skin they have.

Aaron Blackmer of Carolina Dermatology says its as easy as knowing your ABC's

A- you don't want your mole to be asymmetrical

B- you want good, sharp borders

C- you want solid, uniform color

D- diameter is not greater than 6mm

E- evolution, you want to look for change (itching, bleeding, size)

Make sure to have a partner check you out in places you can't see. Melanoma is most common for males on their back, and legs for women.

It is recommended that you check your body yourself once a month. After age twenty, get checked once a year.

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