Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that is most often found in the bones of the shin or thigh, near the knee in both cases. It is also possible to contract osteosarcoma in the upper arm near the shoulder. Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer found in children and young adults. The disease occurs more frequently in men than in women, and those under 25 years of age are particularly susceptible. Because young people's bones are still growing, the risk of cancer is much higher.
From low-grade tumors, which may require surgery, to high-grade, which may require a more rigorous form of treatment, this bone cancer can often be rather silent in its symptoms. However, if you know what to look for, you may be able to catch the disease before it has a chance to spread very far.
The first, most common sign of bone cancer is localized pain around the affected area. Many patients describe this pain as a dull ache deep in the bone. This pain can often come at night when you are resting, and vigorous activity and movement can aggravate it.
In children and adolescents, the most common form of bone pain is known as growing pains. When children experience sudden growth spurts and get growing pains. As a result, the pain and soreness are typically short-lived, as the bones grow bigger and stronger. The pain of osteosarcoma, on the other hand, results in more lasting pain. The pain will continue to get worse over time and will become more noticeable as the tumor grows.
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