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Bone Cancer

Bone Cancer

Definition of bone cancer: Primary bone cancer is cancer that forms in cells of the bone. Some types of primary bone cancer are osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, and chondrosarcoma. Secondary bone cancer is cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body (such as the prostate, breast, or lung). 

Estimated new cases and deaths from cancer of the bones and joints in the United States in 2014:

  • New cases: 3,020
  • Deaths: 1,460

For an overview of bone cancer, see the NCI Fact Sheet, Bone Cancer.

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