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Can You Osteosarcoma
You usually can't: Osteosarcoma is a very rare cancer. Of 300 million people in the us, there are about 800 cases a year. Usually it occurs randomly, but rare cases are due to genetic disorders, preexisting benign conditions (paget's etc.) or radiation. Other than avoiding radiation, there is not much you can do. That being said, the chances of getting osteosarcoma in the first place are very low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biopsy: Osteogenic sarocoma usually presents with bone pain in the area involved with/ without a noticeable mass. While it has a particular appearance on radiology studies, the way to confirm the diagnosis is to obtain a biopsy. So see your doctor for the oppropriate studies and biopsy if indicated. ...Read more
In many ways: Osteosarcoma is a primary cancer of the bone. It occurs primarily in the long bones and is usually associated with pain that ocurrs after a seemingly simple injury or pain that does not seem to subside after a normal period of time. A simple xray will dtect abnormal bone formation. A biopsy is needed to confirm and then surgery to remove it and possibly chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, swelling, fx: The initial symptoms are often nonspecific but generally include intermittent bone/ joint pain that involves primarily one area and that becomes more persistent over time as well as development of a mass/ swelling in the area around the tumor. Occassionally patients will present with a fracture throught the tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a physician: Osteosarcoma in your age group is low probability but the only definitive way of knowing anything about a tumor is to biopsy it and have the cellular structure reviewed by a pathologist. Often physicians use age, location and appearance on different studies to give a probable diagnosis of a tumor but its not definitive without tissue analysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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