Carly "Disturbed" By New Mammogram Guidelines

By Sajid Farooq
|  Sunday, Nov 22, 2009  |  Updated 8:48 AM PDT
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Carly "Disturbed" By New Mammogram Guidelines

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Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer Carly Fiorina shows off her new look at a rally to announce her Senate run.

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The Republican answer to Sen. Barbara Boxer says she would not be alive today if she followed the mammograms guideline put out by the U.S. Preventive Task Force.

The government-appointed panel of medical experts said earlier this week that it no longer recommends routine mammograms and breast self-exams for women under 50. And women over the mid-century mark only need to undergo the preventative measure every other year.

Recent breast cancer survivor and Republican candidate for California Senator Carly Fiorina said she was "shocked and disturbed" by the announcement.

"Had I not been in the habit of self-examination, I doubt I would have found (a lump)," she told the Daily Beast. "And had I been following these recommendations, I would have waited a whole two years for my next mammogram, and I’m not quite sure I’d be alive today."

The former Hewlett Packard CEO, 55, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. She underwent chemotherapy and surgery before explaining her new look at an rally to announce her senate run earlier this month.

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