Prostate cancer is called a silent killer for a reason. It can advance very quickly and without warning. On the other hand, some prostate cancer never advances and those men may eventually succumb to any number of other medical or age-related conditions before their prostate cancer is ever a problem. Older men may have more pressing medical conditions that require treatment before addressing the prostate cancer.
The challenge is that today’s diagnostics do not allow us to say with any certainty what the speed or severity of your prostate cancer will ultimately be. Keep in mind that delaying prostate cancer treatment can also take an emotional toll on men and their families, as they can be filled with worry about the disease’s status.