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