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. Unfortunately, bone cancer is
one of the many cancers that allow for little room in terms of
prevention. This is because most of its risk factors cannot be avoided.
Degenerative diseases, which affect old people, as well as hereditary
diseases that affect children are often responsible for primary bone
As these types of causes are unpreventable, prevention
becomes almost impossible. There are some measures, such as avoiding
high doses of radiation or exposure to industrial chemicals, which
become useful in the prevention of many different types of cancer,
including primary bone cancer, but for the most part, early detection is
the best one can hope for.
Since a special screening test for
bone cancer is not recommended, to prevent more life threatening
complications associated with the disease, one must rely squarely on
early detection of signs and symptoms (which are often vague and
associated with other ailments). Because primary bone cancer is a highly
treatable disease, these measures can constitute a valid substitute for
outright prevention of the disease.
Bone cancer prevention
includes avoiding the risk factors and increasing the protective factors
that can be controlled. While bone cancer prevention methods do not
guarantee that someone will not develop this disease, it does decrease
the chances. If you believe you have risk factors for bone cancer, your
doctor can suggest additional methods of bone cancer prevention that
might be effective for you.