Germ cells are reproductive cells — cells that form sperm in males and eggs in females. Germ cell tumors can start almost anywhere in the body and can be either noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
Cancer of the testicles (testicular cancer) almost always starts in germ cells. In contrast, most ovarian cancers are not germ cell tumors. Diagnosis and treatment of germ cell tumors depends on their location, form and stage of development.
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