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The American Cancer Society’s estimates for cancer of the bones and joints in the United States for 2013 are:

  • About 3,010 new cases
  • About 1,440 deaths from these cancers

Cancers that start in the bones (primary bone cancers) make up a very small percentage of all cancers.

Chondrosarcoma and osteosarcoma are the 2 most common primary bone cancers in adults. These are followed by chordoma, Ewing tumor, and malignant fibrous histiocytoma/fibrosarcoma. Some rare types of cancers account for the rest of the cases.

In children and teens (younger than 20 years old), osteosarcoma and Ewing tumors are the most common types of bone cancer, and are more common than chondrosarcoma.


Last Medical Review: 12/05/2012
Last Revised: 01/24/2013