There are around 1,900 new cancer cases in children in the UK every year. Around 70 of these will have bone cancer and will face some of the most brutal treatment options which haven't changed for decades. The most common types of bone cancer in children are osteosarcoma (52%) and Ewing sarcoma (39%).
In February 2020, Yasmin Howes, pictured above, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at just 9 years old. Yasmin was misdiagnosed with a ruptured muscle or strain by her GP. Yasmin then visited a sports physiotherapist, who advised she went to A&E. After an ultrasound and X-ray, Yasmin was urgently referred to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre where she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Yasmin's mum, Louise, is helping raise awareness of primary bone cancer this #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month by sharing her daughter's story, which you can read below now.
Throughout September we will be highlighting the impact primary bone cancer has on children and their families, like Yasmin's. We will be sharing stories, research news and the importance of early diagnosis. With bone cancer accounting for 4% of all childhood cancers in the UK, it is imperative that as many people as possible are aware of the signs and symptoms of bone cancer to increase speed of diagnosis and improve patient outcome.
Our graphic highlights the main symptoms of primary bone cancer in children and adults. You can download it here, by sharing it on social media you will boost awareness and aid earlier detection which can help to save lives.
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