Melissa Etheridge Addresses Mammogram Controversy

11/23/2009 AT 07:15 PM EST

Breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge expressed her concerns over the new health guidelines, which say most women don't need mammograms until they are 50 instead of 40.

"We have gotten ourselves into a big, deep hole in the way that we look at healthcare," Etheridge, 48, told PEOPLE at the American Music Awards on Sunday. "We are in a system where they get money when we're sick. That's never going to work for us."

She adds: "So when someone says, 'You don't need a mammogram until you're 50,' you take charge of that. I don't trust any of that."






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