Although blood tests and biopsies can find prostate cancer at a very early stage, it isn’t possible to tell whether the cancer is going to grow and cause symptoms. The risk group of your cancer can give your doctors more information, but they will not be able to predict the exact outcome.
Many prostate cancers grow very slowly and a small, early stage prostate cancer may never cause any problems in a man’s lifetime.
The treatments for prostate cancer can cause side effects such as erection problems or incontinence. For some men, these may be worse than the effects of the cancer. Your doctors may advise waiting to see whether the cancer is likely to cause problems rather than giving treatment straight away.