As a man, your risk of prostate cancer increases as you get older. There are thousands of new diagnoses each year, and not everyone who receives a diagnosis will require surgery. Many patients find that they can benefit from watchful waiting instead, which means they attend regular appointments to re-evaluate their risk of the cancer spreading. For some men, surgery is necessary to reduce the risk of cancer spreading elsewhere. If you've received a prostate cancer diagnosis, it may help to learn more about the different types of surgery available.