Bone Cancer Research Trust funds research into the causes and treatment of primary bone cancer, in particular osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma. Primary bone cancer occurs most commonly in young people aged between 10 and 20, and affects about 400 people a year in the UK. Although five year survival from childhood cancer in the UK has now reached 75 per cent, and for some types is over 90%, survival for osteosarcoma – the most common type of childhood bone cancer – has not improved in the last 20 years, remaining at about 60%.
As primary bone cancer is one of the rarer forms of cancer, it does not get the publicity and funding that is generated by other cancers. However, for the 4,000 people who will develop these cancers over the next ten years, research into the causes and treatment of primary bone cancer is vital to improve their chance of a successful outcome, including increased survival rates and improved quality of life for survivors.
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