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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

Causes: Unknown

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.

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