Bone Cancer Types
There is more than one type of bone cancer. Bone tumors can fall into any of the following categories:
- Benign (noncancerous)
- Malignant (cancerous)
- Cancers that start in the bone (primary bone cancer)
- Cancers that start somewhere else in the body and end up in the bone (secondary bone cancer).
In addition, there are three malignant bone cancer types and three secondary types. Benign bone tumors are more common than malignant tumors. Both malignant and benign tumors may grow and compress healthy bone tissue and absorb or replace it with abnormal tissue; however, benign tumors do not spread and are rarely life-threatening.
(Click Types of Bone Cancer to learn more. This article provides detailed information on the different kinds of bone cancer, where they tend to appear in the body, and who the disease affects.)