Reduced prostate screenings may have led to more advanced cancer, study suggests

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Study: Reduced prostate screens may have led to more advanced cancer

  • Advanced prostate cancer diagnoses in men have risen more than 40% in last decade.
  • New study suggests a drop in screening may have played a role.
  • Men should talk with their doctor if prostate screening is right for them.

Many men stopped getting screened for prostate cancer after a federal advisory committee said in 2008 that the tests weren’t helpful for those over 74. Then in 2012, it said the evidence supporting tests for younger men was weak too. 

But new data suggests that guidance may have been a mistake.

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