This information has been written for patients, their families and friends and the general public to help them understand more about a rare benign tumour type, known as a giant cell tumour of the bone. This section will detail what a giant cell tumour of the bone is and how this tumour can be diagnosed and treated.


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Giant cell tumours of the bone make up approximately 4-5% of all tumours which start in the bone and occur in an estimated 1 person in every 1,000,000 people per year. This rare, benign (non-cancerous) tumour generally affects those aged 20 to 45 years of age and is most effectively treated by the surgical removal of the tumour.

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