Frequently asked questions

Check out our most frequently asked questions here, or if you have a question that isn’t listed below check out testicular.org.nz/ or ring 0800 660 800.

 Why does testicular cancer cause back pain?
When left untreated, testicular cancer spreads to other areas of the body like the bowel and liver. Once the cancer starts developing in these areas it can cause lower back pain.
 Can you get testicular cancer from ejaculating too much?
There doesn’t seem to be a link between frequent ejaculation and the development of testicular cancer. Nice.
 Is testicular cancer common?
Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer for men between 18-35. About 150 men are diagnosed every year in New Zealand.
 What age does testicular cancer develop?
Different types of testicular cancer are more likely to effect different age groups. Younger guys tend to experience germ cell testicular cancer, whereas older men over 60 are more likely to experience other cancers like leukemia.
 Can you get testicular cancer more than once?
As with all cancers, there is always a chance that testicular cancer may redevelop even after it has been beaten. The risk of it coming back depends on the type of cancer and the stage it’s in when treated. Find out more info here.
 Can you die from testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer has a high survival rate, but it can be deadly, especially if it gets left untreated too long. That’s why it’s important to keep performing your self-checks when your Remundies text you.
 Does testicular cancer hurt?
Testicular cancer can cause some aches and pains in your testicles, abdomen and lower back. But these pains and aches will depend on the type of cancer and what stage it’s in.
 How fast does testicular cancer spread?
Different types of cancers spread at different rates, but when it comes to germ cell testicular cancers, seminomas tend to spread slower than non-seminomas (the most common type). But the exact rate of spread is different for each patient.
 How do I prevent testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer isn’t preventable, but it’s super treatable if it’s found early. The best way to make sure you get a head start is with regular self-checking, which your Remundies will help you out with.
 Is prostate cancer and testicular cancer the same thing?
No. The two cancers differ by where they occur in the body. Testicular cancer develops only in the testicles, whereas prostate cancer begins in the prostate gland which sits just underneath the bladder.