Find out about screening for bone cancer, and who might have it.
There is no national screening programme because:
- this condition is very rare, so many people would have unnecessary tests
- the benefits don't outweigh the costs
What screening is
Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
- must be reliable at picking up the illness
- must be simple and quick
- overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
Screening for people at high risk
It is helpful to screen people who are at higher risk of primary bone cancer. This includes people with particular bone diseases or genetic conditions that increases the risk of bone cancer. Doctors are aware of these conditions and people with bone conditions are likely to have regular x-rays.
People with a genetic condition called Li Fraumeni syndrome are regularly screened for cancers.