Fewer men are being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

FOX's Dave Anthony reports:

It's been more than three years since a government-appointed panel recommended against routine prostate cancer screening and in 2012 there was a 16% decline in the diagnosis of early-stage cancer from 2011. 

Doctors used to give guys over 50 the annual blood test to detect a tumor that might or might not pose a threat, which led to over treatment and in some men impotence and incontinence.

The lead author in the American Cancer Society study out Tuesday calls it a double edged sword over diagnosis and over treatment may be reduced, but doctors may be missing opportunities to detect prostate cancer, which one in seven American men will get at some point in their lives.

Dave Anthony, FOX News.