Experts generally agree that women should begin having these breast X-rays, which may identify breast cancer, no later than age 50. Talk to you doctor about whether to be screened annually or every other year. If you have risk factors (obesity, smoking and especially a family history of the disease), it's reasonable to start in

Mammograms May Do Double Duty

Women who face cardiac problems may want to first get screened for breast cancer. Doctors in New York are proposing duel duty for mammograms because the screening technology can spot a key sign of heart disease, which kills 10 times more women than breast cancer.  Digital mammography is an underappreciated tool that can provide vivid

Putting Off A Mammo?

Here's why you shouldn't!  When women wait longer than 12 to 18 months between mammograms, develop breast cancer, it's more likely to have spread to the lymph nodes, says researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Once cancer reaches the lymph nodes, it can travel to other parts of the body, requiring more extensive

Tests To Review With Your Doctor

Some important health screenings can't be done by your GP. But if you show her this list, she can help you figure out which of the following you need this year and where to get them (as well as give you any referrals you may need.) Bone mineral density test If your over 50, ask