Which age groups have the highest prevalence of osteosarcoma?

Updated: Dec 04, 2018
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Omohodion (Odion) Binitie, MD  more...
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Osteosarcoma is very rare in young children (0.5 cases per million per year in children < 5 years). However, the incidence increases steadily with age, rising more dramatically in adolescence in correspondence with the adolescent growth spurt, as follows [18] :

  • Age 5-9 years – 2.6 (black) or 2.1 (white) cases per million per year
  • Age 10-14 years – 8.3 (black) or 7 (white) cases per million per year
  • Age 15-19 years – 8.9 (black) or 8.2 (white) cases per million per year

A second peak of incidence exists in individuals older than 60 years. [17]


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