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Bone Cancer Life Expectancy


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Bone cancer life expectancy is dependent on many factors from early detection of symptoms, type of bone cancer, stage of bone cancer, treatment options, patient recovery, etc

Life expectancy of a bone cancer patient is a statistical prediction based on average ages of bone cancer patients at the time of their deaths after having first diagnosed the bone cancer and the treatment thereafter.

Life expectancy of bone cancer can increase dramatically, if bone cancer can be detected very early. Remember that, if you feel pain in the joints, occasionally feverish or suffer from night sweating or pain in the bones, there is a high possibility that you have bone cancer. This must always be diagnosed quickly with the help of diagnostic tests such as bone scans and bone biopsy. It will decide the staging of the cancer.

Bone Cancer Life Expectancy Bone cancer can be staged as T (little or no evidence of primary tumor or slight tumor that is spreading), N (spreading to lymph node) or M (metastasis is occurring or not). Bone cancer is also staged as stage 1, where cancer is limited or quite non aggressive, stage 2, where cancer has high potential to grow to nearby organs, stage 3 where cancer has affected multiple parts of the bone and stage 4 where bone cancer has spread to many more organs.

This staging can be used to describe the life expectancy of the bone cancer patient. For instance, the patients diagnosed of Stage 4 cancer have really low chances of surviving more than 5 years. In fact, very few manage to survive without treatment for more than few months. Similarly people with stage 1 bone cancer have higher chances of survival. They can be treated early and respond very well to the treatments. Most manage to achieve a normal life post treatment. Most easily survive without any recurrence beyond 5 years, provided that they have been diagnosed early and treatment was started as early as possible.

Bone cancer statistics show that,

  • People with localized bone cancer have higher chances of survival. It was proven that above 80% of them survived.
  • People with regionalized bone cancer have second highest possibility of survival almost over 70%.
  • People with distant bone cancer have the third highest chances of survival. Over 30% of them manage to survive.
  • People with un staged or undetected cancer or with little or no treatment have lowest chances of survival

The smaller the tumor and quicker it is removed the higher are the chances of you surviving the bone cancer

Life expectancy and races: Statistics show that life expectancy in Caucasian men is around 68%. Life expectancy in Caucasian women is around 72%. On the other hand, life expectancy of Afro-American men and women is around 70 to 68% respectively

Life expectancy and age and sex: Life expectancy in younger population is significantly higher due to better awareness, early treatment and better response to treatment of this cancer. Life expectancy of older patients is lower. About 18 in 30, of younger patients of age group 10-20 who have being treated of bone cancer easily survive for a huge number of years. Older people in the age group above 75 showed higher rate of mortality. Few managed to survive more than 5 years. Bone cancer incidence is nearly same in all sexes.

Mortality for bone cancer patients: Life expectancy of a bone cancer patient varies from country to country. Those from developed nation have higher life expectancy due to better awareness, easier availability of diagnostics tests and access to the latest developments in treatments.

  • Around 15 percent died below age 20 and 13 percent between 20 and 34
  • Around 7 to 9 percent died between 35 to 54 years of age
  • Around 11 to 14 percent died between 55 and 74 years of age
  • Around 10 to 18 percent died from 75 and above 85 years of age

Life expectancy depends a lot on how well you adapt to the treatment, how soon the bone cancer was detected and diagnosed. Over all, the bone cancer life expectancy has improved through the last few decades, thanks to better treatment options.

Bone cancer life expectancy can thus be increased by spreading awareness. Irrespective of life expectancy rates do not let these numbers perturb you. Remember to follow a healthy diet and make it a point to go for regular screening

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