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How Does One Get Bone Cancer?

Postby Kwan » Wed May 24, 2017 8:37 am

causes of bone cancer is still unknown but the risk factors are

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. For example, exposing skin to strong sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer. Smoking is a risk factor for cancers of the lung, mouth, larynx, bladder, kidney, and several other organs. But having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. Most people with bone cancers do not have any apparent risk factors.

Genetic disorders

A very small number of bone cancers (especially osteosarcomas) appear to be hereditary.
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How Does One Get Bone Cancer?

Postby Armaan » Wed May 24, 2017 8:38 am

What type of cancer? There are hundreds of different types of cancer.

Most people who have malignancies affecting bones have a primary cancer somewhere else - such as lung cancer, breast cancer, and many other types of cancer that tend to spread or "metastasize" to the bones.

A small minority of people have primary malignancies that start in the bone.

There are a number of different types of primary bone tumors also.

The number of primary bone cancers in the U.S. for 2008 is estimated at 2380.

Compare this to 232,270 cases of lung cancers. (ACS data)

So you see there are 100 people with lung cancers for each person with a primary bone malignancy, and many of these people with lung cancer wind up having bone involvement.

No one really knows why some people develop primary bone malignancies.

We do know that most lung cancers are related to prolonged tobacco smoking.
There are far more people in the U.S. with lung cancers and breast cancers that have spread to the bones than there are people with primary bone cancers.

Other cancer types that often spread to bone include prostate cancers, melanomas, and renal cancers.
Multiple myeloma usually involves bone marrow and bone.
Lymphomas can invade bone.
Many of the 200 plus types of cancer can involve the bones.
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How Does One Get Bone Cancer?

Postby Elwin » Wed May 24, 2017 8:39 am

Bad luck, often people get cancer for no apparent reason.

Or genetics, exposer to hazardous materials
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How Does One Get Bone Cancer?

Postby Garman » Wed May 24, 2017 8:42 am

I think it usually starts with another type of cancer.
My sister had breast cancer and had a mastectomy about 6 years ago.
It seems to be gone and they thought they got it all out, but it came back in the bones.
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How Does One Get Bone Cancer?

Postby Emest » Wed May 24, 2017 8:43 am

No one knows why most people get cancer including bone cancer. However, despite the comments here bone cancer is often found in children and young adults . . its a type of cancer called sarcoma. There are over 60 different subtypes of sarcoma. A Sarcoma is cancer of either the bone, the muscles, the tendons, the joints, the ligaments, the fat, blood vessels, or the soft tissue in the body. It is a disease that affects the young more than adults . . so the type can be age specific.

Children, adolescents, and young adults can get several subtypes of sarcoma that attack the bone . . osteosarcoma and Ewings sarcoma are the most common types.

Adults generally have cancer that originates in an organ such as the lung or breast and than spreads to the bone . . so it is metastatic cancer and not a primary bone cancer. Children and young adults will get a primary cancer that starts in the bone.
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How Does One Get Bone Cancer?

Postby Lennox » Wed May 24, 2017 8:49 am

Bone cancer usually metastasizes (spreads) to the bone from another place.
The most common are prostate, breast, lung and multiple myeloma.
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