Cancer of the bone
Most likely to affect: Leg and arm bones and the pelvis
Most common types: Osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma
Most common symptom: Pain
Tests: X-rays, scans & biopsies
Treatment: Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery
There are a number of different types of bone cancer but the ones that young people are most likely to develop are osteosarcomas and Ewing's sarcoma. We don't know what causes them but we do know that the bones that tend to be affected are the leg and arm bones and the pelvis. The most common symptoms are pain and/or swelling around the bone. The tests that are done to diagnose it are scans, x-rays and biopsies and the treatments that are given are chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery; often a combination of these treatments is given.