Osteosarcoma | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma is not a common cancer. Only about 400 cases occur in the United States each year. Osteosarcoma is, however, the most common bone cancer in children and teenagers. It most often starts between 10 and 20 years of age and more commonly in males. Osteosarcoma has no known cause.


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: 01/11
Created: 04/03