Statistics About Primary Bone Cancer

Primary bone cancer starts in the bone, and is more rare than secondary bone cancer, which is cancer that starts someplace else in the body and spreads to the bone.

Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. No two people are alike, though. Statistics can't tell or predict what will happen to you.

These are some 2009 statistics about primary bone cancer from the American Cancer Society:

  • Primary bone cancers are rare. They account for less than 0.2 percent of all cancers.

  • About 2,570 people will be told they have primary bone cancer this year.

  • About 1,470 people are expected to die of primary bone cancer this year.

  • Osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma are the most common primary bone cancer (each about 35 percent of cases). Ewing's tumor (about 10 percent) is next. It is followed by chordoma (about 5 percent). Then come malignant fibrosarcoma and fibrous histiocytoma (about 2 percent). Several rare types of cancers make up the rest of cases.

  • Osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma are more common in children, adolescents, and young adults. Chondrosarcoma is more common in older adults. Malignant fibrosarcoma and fibrous histiocytoma are also more common in older adults.

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