As you’ve probably heard, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a controversial proposal for new breast cancer screening guidelines. The panel’s recommendations that women stop doing breast self examinations and only receive routine mammograms every two years from 50-70 years of age have been received with shock and disappointment. Among those making noise in the media? Our experts and contributors!

Here’s a sampling of their reactions:

“We know that [breast cancer] grows every three to four months. And if you’re talking about someone who is 50 and they’re not having a mammogram but every two years….two years could mean the difference between stage 1 and stage 3.”
Sheryl Crow, singer, songwriter

“Starting mammograms later in life and doing them less often….means that about 3% more women would die from breast cancer each year.”
Dr. Marisa Weiss, President & Founder of

“I’m shocked that they want to abandon proven therapies based on cost analysis.”
Jaclyn Smith

“It was crazy. To suggest that women shouldn’t examine themselves is disempowering. It just doesn’t make sense at all.”
Olivia Newton-John, singer, actress