BY: BRENDA RODRIGUEZ AND SOPHIA
What is it?
It is bone cancer.
It is the most common in young people since they are
It mostly happens in the biggest bones and the ones
that develop the fastest.
The average age of diagnosis is 15 and the majority of
people who get it are males.
The next most common age is 60.
There is no known cause for the disease
A hereditary gene has been linked to an increased
Just like any other form of cancer it is formed by an
uncontrolled division of cells in the body.
Each year there are 800 new cases of osteosarcoma
in the US.
½ of these new cases are in children and teens.
Average age: 10 to 30
Only 10% of new cases are in people over 60.
Osteosarcoma makes up 3% of childhood cases.
The five year survival rate for patients with early
detection is 60%-80%.
If the patient has mestaste tumors when they are
diagnosed the survival rates drop down to 15-30%
People under 40 have more success in getting cured
New cases: 3,010 (2013)
It is the most common in African Americans
If the tumor is not near any vital organs then the procedure is
more safe and faster.
Chemotherapy does not help every single patient so maybe the
patient might have to get multiple procedures done.
Ways to help prevent it could be:
Maintaining a healthy weight
There is no known cause for osteosarcoma so there
are no concrete ways to prevent the disease.
Most of the risk factors are hereditary.