Osteosarcoma | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma occurs most often in children, teenagers, and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20. It is slightly more likely to affect males.

Osteosarcoma is not a common cancer. Only about 400 cases occur in the United States each year. It is the most common bone cancer in children and teenagers.

What causes osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma has no known cause. Some researchers believe that genetics may play a role. In some cases, osteosarcoma can develop as a result of radiation therapy.


Osteosarcoma: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment by JC Wittig, J Bickels, D Priebat, J Jelinek, K Kellar-Graney, B Shmookler, MM Malawer (American Family Physician March 15, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020315/1123.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 04/03