What are the key statistics about bone cancer?
The American Cancer Society's estimates for cancer of the bones and joints for 2013 are:
- About 3,010 new cases will be diagnosed
- About 1,440 deaths from these cancers are expected.
Primary cancers of bones account for less than 0.2% of all cancers.
In adults, over 40% of primary bone cancers are chondrosarcomas. This is followed by osteosarcomas (28%), chordomas (10%), Ewing tumors (8%), and malignant fibrous histiocytoma/fibrosarcomas (4%). The remainder of cases are several rare types of bone cancers.
In children and teenagers (those younger than 20 years), osteosarcoma (56%) and Ewing tumors (34%) are much more common than chondrosarcoma (6%).
Chondrosarcomas develop most often in adults, with an average age at diagnosis of 51. Less than 5% of cases occur in patients younger than 20.
Chordomas are also more common in adults. Less than 5% of cases occur in patients younger than 20.
Both osteosarcomas and Ewing tumors occur most often in children and teens.
Last Medical Review: 11/29/2012
Last Revised: 01/22/2013