Latest trends in primary bone cancer published by the National Cancer Registry

The latest trends report has been published by the National Cancer Registry.

The latest trends report from the National Cancer Registry describes primary bone cancer incidence, treatment, mortality and survival. Approximately 35 cases are diagnosed per year in Ireland with incidence rates being slightly higher in males than in females. Approximately half all of tumours are located in the limbs, particularly in the legs and most cases are either osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma or Ewing’s sarcoma subtypes. Survival rates for all primary bone cancers have improved over time with most recent estimates indicating a 5 year relative survival rate of 62.5%. Recently published findings indicate a European average 5 year survival rate of 53.0% (age standardised for 2000-2007). Age standardised survival rates for primary bone cancer in Ireland are 50.5% for 2000-2004 and 59.0% for 2005-2009.

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