In disagreement with new cancer guidelines |

In disagreement with new cancer guidelines

Kelly Shanahan, MD
South Lake Tahoe

I guess I am the 0.7 woman whom the US Preventative Services Task Force thinks is expendable under their new guidelines on mammography screening and breast self exam.

They must think Lisa, Karen, Marla, Chris, Melodie, Sandy and many others of us diagnosed before age 50 are expendable as well.

I’m still not 50, and if I had waited until then to have a mammo, I’d be dead. Maybe it is not “cost effective” to screen women under 50, but tell that to my 10-year-old daughter, who, thanks to a mammogram, will have her mom around for a very long time.

I stand with the American Cancer Society in condemning these new guidelines.