In 10 seconds? Progress in treating bone cancer has been slow – even though it’s been found in the remains of 1.7 million-year-old fossils of our ancestors and even dinosaurs. Luckily, some experts think that’s about to change.

What do you mean by ‘bone cancer’? Just like the rest of the organs in our bodies, our bones are made up of cells, which can, in rare cases, develop properties that make them grow out of sync with the rest of our bodies. Different from most other cancers, bone cancer (AKA osteosarcoma) occurs most commonly among individuals ages 10-30 years old. Of note, most cancers occur in individuals over 65 years of age, so this is unique, in a bad way. Luckily, bone cancer is quite rare, with less than 27,000 cases reported worldwide each year (compared to over 2 million new cases of breast cancer each year).

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