(VITALS.NBCNEWS) — Despite the controversy regarding whether most men should be screened for prostate cancer, many doctors appear to agree that older men do not need to be screened, a new study suggests.

Between 2007 and 2009, the rate of early stage prostate cancer among men ages 75 and older decreased by 25 percent, the study found.

The decrease occurred shortly after an influential organization, known as the U.S. Services Preventive Task Force, recommended against screening men of this age group for the disease.

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