When the American Cancer Society announced major changes to their guidelines regarding mammograms, a great debate was sparked regarding whether the changes were significant or not. The controversial move included changing the recommended age for mammograms to begin at 45 rather than 40, and reducing the recommended frequency of mammograms to every other year for women 55 and older, rather than yearly.

Two breast radiologists and one breast surgeon, formerly named “Mothers of the Year” by the American Cancer Society itself, have come out against these guidelines, saying,

“Because of our shared goals — early detection of breast cancer, improved treatments and saving lives—we were happy to support the cancer society. Now, we no longer wish to be involved.”

To understand why, continue reading.