Edwards reportedly failed to get annual screenings herself, which may have been the reason for the late stage diagnosis of her disease. Article quotes Mass General radiologist Dr. Daniel Kopans.

Edwards' death highlights need for early breast cancer screening

09/Dec/2010

"The scientific evidence clearly shows you should start getting screened at age 40," Dr. Daniel Kopans, professor of radiology at Harvard University and senior radiology in breast imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, told AOL Health Thursday morning.

Source: AOL Health