ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of children and teens who are diagnosed with a germ cell tumor each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
Extracranial, extragonadal germ cell tumors are rare.
Extracranial germ cell tumors, including those that occur in the reproductive organs, account for about 3% of all tumors in children younger than 15 and about 14% in adolescents age 15 to 19.
The survival rate tells you what percent of children live after a tumor is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The survival rate for children with a stage I or stage II germ cell tumor is 90%. The survival rate for a stage III tumor is 87%, while the survival rate for a stage IV tumor is 82%. Learn more about the stages of germ cell tumors.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children with a germ cell tumor are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of children with this tumor in the United States. Talk with your child’s doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the websites of the National Cancer Institute and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (accessed January 2020).
The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It explains what factors may increase the chance of developing a germ cell tumor. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.