About the disease Prostate cancer can be split into three types: early prostate cancer, locally advanced prostate cancer and advanced prostate cancer. Early prostate cancer is disease that has not spread outside the prostate – most men with early disease either do not need treatment or can be cured with radiotherapy or surgery. Locally advanced disease is beginning to spread outside the prostate, but still may be cured in some men with radiotherapy or surgery. Advanced prostate cancer is disease that has spread outside the prostate. Nearly all of the men who die of prostate cancer have advanced disease that has spread to other sites in the body. Prostate Cancer facts Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. Over 40,000 men are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK. Men over 50 have a 1 in 8 chance of developing prostate cancer. Black men and men with a family history have a higher risk of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is caused by random genetic changes. As men get older, they are more likely to develop prostate cancer. The prostate symptoms include: Weak stream Dribbling Difficulty starting Urgency Frequency Needing to get up in the night These symptoms also are associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (benign enlargement) Whatever your symptoms, it is vital that you go to the doctor.