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This section is for teenagers and young adults and is about bone cancer. There are different types of bone cancer, and most of this information applies to all types. But if you have a rare type of bone cancer and want to know more, you could talk to us.
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There are different types of bone cancer. The two most common kinds to affect young people are osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma.
The word ‘sarcoma’ means a cancer that starts in connective tissue, such as bone, muscle, fat or cartilage.
We have more information about these types of bone cancer|, and about the bones and connective tissue.
In this information we sometimes use the term ‘bone tumour’. This means the same as bone cancer.
Bone cancer symptoms vary, and not everyone will feel the same. Many symptoms are similar to everyday aches and pains, so they can be mistaken for other things, like strains, sports injuries or even growing pains.
These are the main symptoms:
There might also be other symptoms:
If you have any of these symptoms, or are worried that you may have a bone tumour, the first thing to do is to see your family doctor (GP). They'll examine you and refer you to a hospital if they think you need to see a specialist doctor.
Remember - most people with the symptoms listed here won’t have bone cancer.
We don’t know what causes bone cancer. But because it’s more common in young people, doctors think that it might have something to do with the changes that happen when the bones are growing.
People often think a knock or injury might have caused bone cancer, but there’s no evidence for this.
Remember that nothing you’ve done has caused the cancer.
If you think you might have some of these symptoms you should go straight to your GP. They'll be able to talk to you about your symptoms, and if they think they could be because of cancer they can do tests| to find out more.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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