Bone and connective tissue cancers Key Facts
Key messages on incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes) and a summary table of the statistics for bone and connective tissue cancer are given here.
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The latest statistics available for bone and connective tissue cancer are; incidence 2010, mortality 2010, and survival 1996-1999. Source years are specified in the statistics table. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.
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- Around 2,300 people were diagnosed with bone and connective tissue cancers in 2010 in the UK, that’s more than 6 people every day.
- Bone and connective tissue cancers can develop at any age, but are most common in older people. Around 4 out of 10 bone and connective tissue cancers are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over.
- Around 14 per cent of bone and connective tissue cancers occur in children, teenagers and young adults (up to age 24).
- Overall bone and connective tissue cancer incidence rates have increased by a third in both men and women since the mid-1970s, and most of this increase has occurred since the mid-1980s.
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- More than 4 in 10 males and more than 5 in 10 females diagnosed with bone cancer now survive their disease for at least five years.
- More than 5 in 10 males and almost 6 in 10 females diagnosed with connective tissue cancer now survive their disease for at least five years.
- Bone cancer survival rates in the UK increased by more than half between 1971-75 and 1995-99, and connective tissue cancer survival rates have increased by around a third in this period.
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section reviewed 18/03/13
section updated 18/03/13
- More than half of bone and connective tissue cancers deaths occur in people aged 65 and over.
- In the UK there were around 1,100 deaths from bone and connective tissue cancers in 2010, that is around 3 people every day.
- Bone and connective tissues cancers death rates in the UK have fallen by around 11% in males over the last forty years.
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section review 21/03/13
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- People with some benign bone diseases or genetic syndromes have a slightly increased risk of developing bone cancers.
- Exposure to high doses of radiotherapy, particularly in childhood, slightly increases the risk of bone cancers.
- Treatment with some chemotherapy drugs increases the risk of some bone cancers.
- Having had certain types of cancer previously, or having a first-degree relative with a particular type of cancer, increases the risk of some bone cancers.
- Children born with a hernia of the tummy button (congenital umbilical hernia) are also more likely to develop a bone and/or connective tissue cancer.
- Exposure to chemicals used in agriculture either as an adult, or in utero via a parent who worked on a farm, may slightly increase the risk of developing some bone cancers.
- The risk of bone or connective tissue cancer is higher in white people than in black people.
section review 22/02/13
section updated 10/07/12
|BONE AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE CANCERS STATISTICS||Males||Females||Persons||Country||Year3|
|Number of new cases per year||1,344||979||2,323||UK||2010|
|Incidence rate per 100,000 population1||3.9||2.6||3.2|
|Number of deaths per year||615||514||1,129||UK||2010|
|Mortality rate per 100,000 population1||1.7||1.2||1.4|
|Five-year survival rate - bone cancer2||44.1%||54.2%||-||England & Wales||1996-1999|
|Five-year survival rate - connective tissue cancer2||52.2%||56.6%||-|
1. European age-standardised 2. Adults diagnosed 3. Latest statistics available
section reviewed 22/02/13
section updated 14/01/13
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