11 April 2022, Monday

How Common is Bone Cancer in Adults?

How common is bone cancer in adults


The phrase “bone cancer” refers to various malignancies that grow in the bones. The type of bone cancer depends on the type of cell and tissue where it starts. The development of cancer cells affect bone tissues and cause complications.

Primary bone malignancies are tumors that start in the bone itself. Many cancers that start in the organs or other body parts can spread to the bones and other parts.

These cancers are known as secondary or metastatic bone cancers. Furthermore, most breast, prostate, and lungs cancers metastasize (spread) to the bones.

Bone Cancer in Adults

Bone cancer is a rare disease. They account for less than 1% of all malignancies. They can affect anyone at any age, but they are more frequent in children, teenagers, and young adults than in older persons.


    What are the types of bone cancers?

    Bone cancers are categorized based on the type of cell in which cancer began. The following are the most prevalent kinds of bone cancer-

    – Ewing sarcoma

    Named after the doctor who initially identified this type of bone cancer, Ewing sarcoma encompasses many tumors with comparable characteristics and origins in the same cell types. These tumors can develop in the bones and the soft tissues surrounding them. Ewing sarcoma usually develops in the hips, ribs, shoulder blades, and long bones like the legs.

    – Chondrosarcoma

    It is cancer that starts in cartilage tissue. Cartilage is a soft connective tissue that permits bones and joints to move freely. When the body adds calcium to cartilage, some of it becomes bone. This cancer is most commonly found in the bones of the forearm, leg, or hips. Chondrosarcoma is more common in adults than in children, unlike osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma.

    – Chordoma

    It is a rare tumor that starts in the spine’s bones, generally near the base of the spine or the base of the skull. Chordoma, like chondrosarcoma, is more common in older people. This kind of bone cancer is more common in men than in women.

    – Osteosarcoma

    It is the most prevalent type of bone cancer, and it grows in the cells that produce the new bone structure. It can begin in any bone, although it most commonly starts at the ends of big bones like the arms and legs.

    Causes and risk factors of Bone Cancer

    Bone cancer may be caused by one or more of the following factors:

    • Possessing a history of cancer in the family, particularly bone cancer.
    • Paget’s disease is a disorder that causes the bones to break down and then grow back unnaturally.
    • Multiple tumors in the cartilage are the connective tissue in the bone, currently or formerly.
    • Genetic syndromes – Li-Fraumeni syndrome and hereditary retinoblastoma are two rare genetic diseases that enhance the risk of bone cancer in families.
    • Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment. Large doses of radiation raise the risk of bone cancer developing in the future.

    Symptoms of Bone Cancer

    Other than a painless lump, some people with bone cancer have no symptoms. Others may experience a wide range of symptoms. Other disorders, such as arthritis or Lyme disease, might elicit these symptoms, which can cause a delay in diagnosis.

    The following are the most prevalent symptoms of bone cancer:

    • A source of discomfort (usually worse at night).
    • Swelling that hasn’t been explained.
    • Moving around is difficult.
    • Feeling exhausted (fatigue).
    • Fever.

    Bone Cancer Prevention

    There is currently no known way to prevent bone cancer because experts do not know what causes it. Because radiation therapy (another recognized cause of bone cancer) is required to treat other cancers, we cannot avoid it entirely.

    If you have any signs or symptoms of bone cancer, you should have your stage checked as a precautionary measure.


    Bone cancer is a rare disease that can affect people of any age. Understanding your diagnosis in depth will help you make the best health decisions possible. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare professional whenever you experience bone discomfort or swelling.

    If you’re already receiving treatment for bone cancer, let your doctor know if you notice any new symptoms.

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    Dr. Chetan Anchan

    MS - Orthopaedics, Diploma in Orthopaedics,

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