Mammograms are an important diagnostic tool in detecting and combating breast cancer. You should schedule regular mammogram screenings, and follow this advice:

  • Find out before your appointment whether your insurance covers the procedure.

  • Go to a facility that's certified by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Bring the pictures and the doctor's report with you if you've had a mammogram in the past.

  • Wear warm slacks — the machine is cold.

  • Stay calm. Remember, out of 1,000 mammograms, 998-999 are not cancerous. Why worry if you don't have to?