Routine mammography screening can "do more harm than good" and women who missed appointments should "continue their lives," doctors said. [1
It comes after 450,000 women in England were not invited for routine examination because of a computer error.  Breast cancer charities say the screening program offers women the "best chance" of early detection.
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In the letter to the newspaper, the group of academics and general practitioners say women aged 70-79 follow-up appointments should seek help only if they notice a lump or other symptoms.
"[They] would be well advised to take this gift horse in the mouth," wrote the doctors in the newspaper. 19659005] "The breast screening program usually causes more accidental damage than benefits, which are slowly being recognized internationally.
" Many women and doctors now avoid breast exams because they have no effect on the cause of death. "
The claims to life saved by breast examinations are "The most dangerous and advanced cancers are not prevented by screening programs," the letter said.
The letter added, "Although it's not intuitive, it does Some things that look like cancer under the microscope (before it exists) can be too early and unnecessary. "
Among the undersigned are Susan Bewley, Professor of Women's Health at King's College London, and Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at College College London
The mistake dating back to 2009 Earlier this week, up to 270 women in England may have died for not receiving screening invitations.
The 309,000 women affected, those still alive, will be contacted by mail by the end of May Recuperation Offer
"How dare you"
The NHS estimates that its screening program saves about one in every 200 women screened for breast cancer, saving about 1300 lives each year in the United Kingdom  But about three out of every 200 women are diagnosed with a cancer that would never have been life threatening, equivalent to about 4,000 women every year unnecessary treatment is offered.
Retired nurse Maggie Whyte, 61, of Edinburgh, she discovered first-stage breast cancer when she performed a routine mammogram last year.
"I was lucky because it did not spread to my lymph nodes," she said. The treatment she underwent – a lumpectomy and radiotherapy – was successful.
"It could have been so different," she said. "Another three years, I do not know what would have happened.
" How dare you say that the screening is not good? I'm so thankful that I'm healthy.
"Two Pages to the Medal"
Fiona Hazell of the charity Breast Cancer Now said it was "absolutely right" for PHE to offer recovery dates.  The screening program is the "best chance" of breast cancer Ms. Hazell said in an "early, more treatable stage," said Dr. Hazell.
Dr. Emma Pennery, Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care, agreed that screening remains "our best tool" for early detection of breast cancer, but added "There are two sides to the coin and it is estimated that for every life three women will have unnecessary treatment.
She added that it is "crucial" that every woman is entitled to be offered and informed about risks and benefits to make her own choice.
Meanwhile, Sara Hiom at Cancer Research UK, s help women may have "calmed down" that the effects of the bug "probably significantly lower than the worst-case scenario predictions will be. "
" Screening has both disadvantages and advantages, and while an unknown number of women have missed the opportunity to have their breast cancer diagnosed earlier by screening others avoided treatment that would not have prolonged their lives, "she said
" It's also helpful to remember that 72% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed by women who find a nodule or notice other symptoms themselves, so screening is not the only way to detect something wrong. "
Breast cancer screening is automatically performed every three years on women over the age of 50 offered up to 70 years in the UK.
Public Health England (PHE) says it is not aware of the national problem with the screening program until January.
On Saturday, PHE said it would provide further support to women over the age of 72 so they can understand the potential benefits and harm of early detection later in life.
Dr. Jenny Harries, Deputy Medical Director of PHE, said, "All our measures are based on the best available clinical advice …
" We are aware of the debate and evidence of screening in older women, and we know that this can lead to overdiagnosis. That is why we have published a new advisory sheet specifically for women over 70 years old. "
Health Minister Jeremy Hunt announced computer error earlier this week there is" currently no clinical consensus on the benefits of screening "for the 68-71 age group.
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