In an effort to make healthcare more cost-effective, the U.S. government now recommends that women wait until age 50 to get their first mammogram to check for breast cancer.
The expert advise from the American Cancer Society is for mammograms to start at age 40.
Womens health physician Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet thinks the rationing of mammograms for financial gain is ridiculous.
The focus on costs, not saving lives is irresponsible, not to mention a terrible business strategy.
Vliet says that if doctors wait to give women mammograms, theyre likely to find bigger, more aggressive cancers that end up being even more expensive to treat than preventive exams.
The later breast cancer is detected, the lower the survival rate for women.
Vliet refuses to practice the new government suggestion and will continue giving women ages 40 and older annual and frequent mammograms.
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