Quick Quiz: Bone Cancer

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Cancer that originates in the bone is known as primary bone cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 3450 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with primary bone cancer in 2018 and approximately 1590 individuals will die from the disease in the same year.1 How much do you know about primary bone cancer?

Primary bone cancer is a rare malignancy, accounting for less than 0.2% of all cancers.1 This type of bone cancer is far less common than secondary bone cancer (ie, cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body, such as the prostate, breast, or lung). Primary bone cancer occurs mainly in children and young adults aged 10 to 20 years, and is very rare in middle-aged adults.1 The overall 5-year survival rate for children and young adults with primary bone cancer is approximately 60% to 80%.1-4 Public awareness of the disease needs to remain a priority to improve survival rates and patient quality of life.

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