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Jan

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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