Chondrosarcoma is a rare type of bone cancer that originates from the cartilage. Cartilage is a connective tissue that covers the bones, act as a cushion in the joint surfaces. This type of cancer is commonly found in the pelvis, hip, and shoulder.
The signs and symptoms of most chondrosarcomas are not visible at first due to their slow growth. Other rare types have a rapid growth making it harder to treat, as there is a high risk for the spread to other parts of the body.
There are many types of chondrosarcoma such as the following:
Signs and symptoms of chondrosarcoma depend on location of the tumor, the following symptoms may indicate the disease:
The causes of chondrosarcoma are unknown. Cancer generally begins when there are changes in the cell’s DNA which are the instructions that specify to a cell as to what to do. The cells then multiply and destroy the normal tissue as well as further spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
Factors that may increase chondrosarcoma risk includes:
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