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What causes osteosarcoma?

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The condition stems from an error in your child’s DNA, or genetic code. Bone-growing cells make osteosarcoma tumors by mistake.

Treatments like radiation therapy for other types of cancer, or cancer medicines called alkylating agents, can also make this disease more likely. Certain illnesses, like Paget’s disease of the bone or a type of eye cancer called hereditary retinoblastoma, may also raise the risk.

Children whose bones are growing quickly are more likely to get osteosarcoma. That means a child who’s unusually tall could have more of a risk.

From: What Is Osteosarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What Is Osteosarcoma?” “Treating Osteosarcoma,” “What Are the Risk Factors for Osteosarcoma?” “Can Osteosarcoma Be Found Early?”

Cancer.Net: “Osteosarcoma - Childhood and Adolescence: Risk Factors.”

KidsHealth: “Childhood Cancer: Osteosarcoma.”

MayoClinic.org: “Paget’s disease of bone.”

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health: “Osteosarcoma and Malignant Histiocytoma of Bone Treatment.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: “Disease Information.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 3, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What Is Osteosarcoma?” “Treating Osteosarcoma,” “What Are the Risk Factors for Osteosarcoma?” “Can Osteosarcoma Be Found Early?”

Cancer.Net: “Osteosarcoma - Childhood and Adolescence: Risk Factors.”

KidsHealth: “Childhood Cancer: Osteosarcoma.”

MayoClinic.org: “Paget’s disease of bone.”

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health: “Osteosarcoma and Malignant Histiocytoma of Bone Treatment.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: “Disease Information.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 3, 2017

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