Can Bone Cancer Be Prevented?

The information here focuses on primary bone cancers (cancers that start in bones) that most often are seen in adults. Information on OsteosarcomaEwing Tumors (Ewing sarcomas), and Bone Metastases is covered separately.

Most known risk factors for bone cancer (such as age and certain bone diseases and inherited conditions) cannot be changed. Other than exposure to radiation (usually during radiation therapy), there are no known lifestyle-related or environmental causes of bone cancer, so at this time there is no way to protect against most of these cancers.

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Last Revised: June 17, 2021

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