Cost Effective Screening

I love reading the letters to the editor in almost any paper.  Writers can make great linkages out of seemingly unrelated topics.  Like this is letter after the brush up over mammogram recommendations:

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force feels that mammograms are a waste of time and money because of false-positive exams, and anyway, the risk is evaluated at a meager 0.05% (Letters, Dec. 2). If, indeed, mammograms for women under 50 are not cost effective, and only save a few lives, then why are we taking our shoes off at every airport in the country?

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