Prostate cancer treatment rates drop, reflecting change in screening recommendations

But among those diagnosed, treatment rates remain high, despite increasing evidence that surveillance may be appropriate option

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — As some national guidelines now recommend against routine prostate cancer screening, the overall rate of men receiving treatment for the disease declined 42 percent, a new study finds.

The decline reflects efforts to decrease overdiagnosis and overtreatment – preventing some unnecessary treatments that can cause long-term impact on quality of life, while still providing life-saving care to patients who need it.

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