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Osteosarcoma Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention

Learn about the risk factors for osteosarcoma and if there are things that might help lower risk.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting a disease such as cancer. Learn more about the risk factors for osteosarcoma.


The risk of many adult cancers can be reduced with certain lifestyle changes (such as staying at a healthy weight or quitting smoking), but at this time there are no known ways to prevent osteosarcoma.

Most known risk factors for osteosarcoma cannot be changed. Other than radiation therapy, there are no known lifestyle-related or environmental causes of osteosarcoma, so at this time there is no known way to protect against or prevent most of these cancers.