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Primary bone cancer is extremely rare

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Updated: Monday, Sep 28,2009, 12:11:27 PM
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Primary bone cancer is extremely rare. The American Cancer Society says it represents less than half of one percent of all cancers combined. The ACS, said about 2,600 people in the United States is cancer of the bones in 2009, can be diagnosed. About 1,500 people die from the disease. The National Cancer Institute says that the primary bone cancer is more likely in children than in adults. The time may vary for primary bone cancer.

Cancer Malignant primary tumors of the bones begin to bone tissue called primary bone cancer. Primary bone cancer is different from the secondary (metastatic) bone cancer. In secondary education, cancer, bone cancer starts elsewhere and spreads to the bone.

The ACS says that the three most common types of primary bone cancer are osteosarcoma (occurring more frequently in growing bone), chondrosarcoma (developed in cartilage) and Ewing's sarcoma (increase), particularly in immature bone tissue.

The National Institutes of Health, said that osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma most often strikes children and young people under 20 years of age and vulnerable adults 50 years for a chondrosarcoma.

Symptoms: Primary bone cancer can have many symptoms, but the most common complaint is pain. Other symptoms may weaken the swelling and pain in joints, bones, fever, fatigue and anemia.

Causes: The main cause of bone cancer is largely unknown. However, adults who suffer from the disease (Paget's is an abnormal growth of new bone cells), may be at increased risk of developing osteosarcoma. Bone cancer can affect the bones, but usually develops in the long bones of the legs or arms.

Treatment: Although treatment characteristics of bone cancer vary depending on the size of the stage and location, usually involves surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The NIH says cryosurgery is sometimes used instead of the standard surgery to destroy the tumor. Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy cancer cells.

In serious cases, advanced treatments for bone cancer may include amputation.

Complications due to bone cancer may include the deterioration of bones and resulting fractures. If the cancer is moving to develop in other parts of the body can cause problems in the affected organs.

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