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'Surveillance' to be offered in some prostate cancer cases

Some men with prostate cancer should be offered 'surveillance' rather than treatment, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The new guidance would only affect men at 'low' and 'intermediate' risk.

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Prostate cancer is most common type in men

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
  • It accounts for more than a quarter of all male cancer diagnoses in the UK
  • It is predominantly a disease of older men (aged 65–79 years)
  • There is a higher incidence of and mortality from prostate cancer in men of black African-Caribbean descent

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