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What causes Ewing's sarcoma?

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It’s unclear what causes Ewing’s sarcoma, as it doesn’t appear to run in families. So far, research suggests that it’s not related to exposure to radiation, chemicals, or other outside things in the environment.

It appears that the cell DNA changes after birth, leading to Ewing’s sarcoma. Why that happens remains unknown.

One possibility is that it could be a second cancer in people who’ve been treated with radiation for another type of cancer.

From: What Is Ewing's Sarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: “Ewing sarcoma.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Ewing’s Sarcoma.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Ewing Sarcoma in Adults.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Ewing sarcoma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ewing’s sarcoma,” “MRI.”

National Cancer Institute: “Ewing Sarcoma Treatment -- Patient Version.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: “Ewing sarcoma.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Ewing’s Sarcoma.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Ewing Sarcoma in Adults.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Ewing sarcoma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ewing’s sarcoma,” “MRI.”

National Cancer Institute: “Ewing Sarcoma Treatment -- Patient Version.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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