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Specific bone cancer causes have yet to be determined. However, research has identified certain risk factors -- such as a history of Paget's disease or previous treatment with chemotherapy -- that may act together to increase a person's risk of developing it. Scientists do know that bone cancer is not contagious -- you cannot "catch" it from another person.
What Causes Bone Cancer?No one knows the exact causes of bone cancer, and doctors can seldom explain why one person will get bone cancer and another person will not. However, it is clear that this disease is not contagious and no one can "catch" bone cancer from another person. Bone cancer research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop the condition. A risk factor is anything that increases a person's chance of developing a disease. While risk factors do not cause bone cancer, they may act together to increase a person's chances of developing it.
- Being a child or young adult
- Previous radiation or chemotherapy
- History of Paget's disease
- Family history of bone cancer
- People with hereditary retinoblastoma.