Women who did not undergo a routine breast cancer examination due to a computer malfunction should not participate in contracted appointments, says a group of doctors.
They are told to "continue with their lives" as the program can do "more harm than good".
In a letter published in The Times, 15 medical staff, including doctors and university professors, said that women aged 70-79 offered the controls "would be happy to see this gift horse in the mouth" and should only seek medical help if they notice symptoms.
The letter, which includes signatures by Susan Bewley, Professor of Women's Health at King's College London and Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus at the University College London, warns that women should not be exposed to worry or "fear" .
Doctors write: "The breast screening program usually causes more inadvertent harm than good, which is slowly recognized internationally."
"Many womens and doctors now avoid breast screening because it has no effect on all causes of death."
Doctors said that lifespan saved by the program is counteracted by deaths resulting from interventions.
They wrote: "It's undoubtedly increasing mastectomies. Even if contraceptive, catch some things that look like cancer down a microscope (before it exists) can be premature and unnecessary."
"Conversely, the most dangerous, advanced cancers by screening programs. "
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that 450,000 women aged 68-71
Women in England between the ages of 50 and 70 is now automatically invited to breast cancer screening every three years.
At the same time, The Guardian reports that call handlers for the government's breast screening hotline are not medically educated and rely on a "fiddle" of symptoms.
Concerns has been raised that mistakes could be made because traders have only received an hour's workout, the paper claims.
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