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Statistics About Primary Bone Cancer

Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to learn about their chances of being cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. It is important to remember, however, that no two people are alike. Statistics can't tell or predict what will happen to you as an individual.

These are some 2012 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 2,890 people will be told they have primary bone cancer this year.

  • About 1,410 people are expected to die of primary bone cancer this year.

  • In adults:

    • Chondrosarcoma is the most common primary bone cancer, making up more than 40 percent of primary bone cancers.

    • Osteosarcoma is the second most common, making up 28 percent of primary bone tumors.

    • Chordoma is the next most common at 10 percent. 

    • Ewing tumor makes up 8 percent.

    • Malignant fibrosarcoma and fibrous histiocytoma make up 4 percent.

    • Several even rarer types of bone cancer make up the rest of cases.

  • In children and teenagers (those younger than age 20):

    • Osteosarcoma (56 percent) and Ewing tumors (34 percent) are much more common than chondrosarcoma (6 percent).

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