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Bone Cancer Statistics


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Bone cancer statistics provide an insight into bone cancer risks, probable number of people that may get affected and possibilities of surviving this dreadful disease. Life expectancy is an important dimension of bone cancer statistics

There are two main types of bone cancer Osteo sarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma. These have highest rate of incidences among bone cancers.

Increasing impact of bone cancer: According to American Cancer society's surveys and research the numbers indicating the increase in bone cancer are as follows,

    Bone Cancer Statistics
  • In 2010, bone cancer new cases in males were expected to be around 1530, however, these are expected to touch 1620 in 2011
  • In 2010, bone cancer new cases in females were expected to be around 1120, however, these are expected to touch 1190 in 2011
  • In 2010, bone cancer deaths in males were expected to be around 830, however, these are expected to touch 850 in 2011
  • In 2010, bone cancer deaths in females were expected to be around 630, however, these are expected to touch 640 in 2011

Cancer in children: In USA, about 10700 cases of various forms of cancer were expected to occur in children. Cancer mostly affects children between 0-14 years of age. Over 1340 deaths are expected to occur among children due to cancers of various forms by 2011. Approximately 2.5 % of these children may have osteosarcoma. About 400 children below age 20 had osteogenic sarcoma.

Ewings sarcoma may affect around 1.6% of these children.

The heartening news is that survival chances have improved over the years in children. Survival has improved from under 50% in 1970's to 80% today.

Osteosarcoma in adults:

Osteosarcoma is rated as the eighth most commonly found childhood cancer and sixth most found in adults. It is attributed to 20-24% of primary bone cancer and approximately 2.4 % cases of malignant bone cancers.

In the USA, about 5 in every million people per year have chance of contracting osteosarcoma, especially, if they are below 20 years of age

  • 6.8 Afro-Americans per million per year were expected to be at risk of osteosarcoma
  • 6.5 Hispanics per million per year were expected to be at risk of osteosarcoma
  • 4.6 White ethnicities per million per year were expected to be at risk of osteosarcoma
  • 5.4 Males per million per year are affected by Osteosarcoma whereas 4.0 females per million per year are affected by osteosarcoma
Based on the region in which osteosarcoma originates, one can say that
  • 42 % of these originate or affect the femur
  • 19% affect and originate in the tibia
  • 10% affect or originate in the humerus
  • 8% cases occur in the jaw or skull
  • 8% case affect or originate in the pelvis
Osteosarcoma is responsible for about 300 deaths of adults in USA. Paget's disease, prior irradiation and medullary infarct are known risk factors associated with osteosarcoma in adults

Good news is that mortality rates associated with osteosarcoma have declined by 1.3% every year. About 68% patients, in every 200 manage to survive osteosarcoma with little or effects on their normal lives after in-depth treatments.

Chondrosarcoma, chordoma and ewing's sarcoma:

Chondrosarcoma causes about 40% cases of primary bone cancer. It is especially prevalent in adults and 40% of adults with chondrosarcoma are above 40-70 years of age. Chordoma is found among 10% of people with primary bone cancer. Ewing sarcoma is found in 8% people with bone cancer

Worldwide statistics: Worldwide bone cancer is becoming more and more prevalent. Research and statistics show following data,

  • 8% bone cancer cases have no staging information
  • 41% bone cancers are found in primary stage
  • 36% bone cancer is found after spreads beyond regional or localized site
  • 15% cases are found when it starts to spread or is metastasized
Worldwide about 69% percent people managed to survive bone cancer. Survival rates as per race and sex are,
  • 68% to 72% for Caucasian men and women respectively
  • 70% to 68.4 percent in Afro-American men and women respectively
Based on the state of cancer, following statistics are seen
  • 84.5% survive localized cancer
  • 69.4 survive regional cancer
  • 30 .6 survive distant cancer
  • 62.2 can survive non staged cancer for up to 5 years
Irrespective of bone cancer statistics that you see floating around, do not panic. If you have seen any bone cancer symptoms such as pain, hereditary factors, history of smoking and alcohol overuse or exposure to radiation then please contact your doctor immediately. Do go in for an in-depth bone cancer diagnosis which will confirm if you have bone cancer or not.

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