Statistics at a Glance

At a Glance

Estimated New Cases in 2020 3,600

% of All New Cancer Cases 0.2%

Estimated Deaths in 2020 1,720

% of All Cancer Deaths 0.3%

5-Year
Relative Survival

66.0% 2010–2016
Year Rate of New Cases — SEER 9 Rate of New Cases — SEER 13 Death Rate — U.S. 5-Year Relative Survival — SEER 9
Observed Modeled Trend Observed Modeled Trend Observed Modeled Trend Observed Modeled Trend
1975 0.82 0.84 - - 0.86 0.88 52.41% 47.45%
1976 0.85 0.84 - - 0.88 0.85 57.08% 48.70%
1977 0.86 0.84 - - 0.85 0.83 49.87% 49.95%
1978 0.88 0.85 - - 0.85 0.80 50.02% 51.18%
1979 0.86 0.85 - - 0.54 0.67 52.78% 52.40%
1980 0.81 0.85 - - 0.59 0.56 48.51% 53.60%
1981 0.91 0.86 - - 0.50 0.47 54.47% 54.78%
1982 0.82 0.86 - - 0.48 0.47 54.84% 55.95%
1983 0.86 0.86 - - 0.48 0.47 53.63% 57.10%
1984 0.86 0.87 - - 0.44 0.47 48.90% 58.24%
1985 0.93 0.87 - - 0.48 0.47 56.67% 59.35%
1986 0.85 0.87 - - 0.46 0.47 65.63% 60.45%
1987 0.79 0.88 - - 0.44 0.46 57.68% 61.52%
1988 0.85 0.88 - - 0.45 0.46 62.70% 62.58%
1989 0.79 0.88 - - 0.45 0.46 68.16% 63.62%
1990 0.80 0.89 - - 0.45 0.46 66.46% 64.64%
1991 0.98 0.89 - - 0.47 0.46 59.82% 65.63%
1992 0.95 0.89 0.94 0.89 0.46 0.46 73.40% 66.61%
1993 0.89 0.90 0.88 0.89 0.48 0.46 73.90% 67.57%
1994 0.93 0.90 0.88 0.90 0.47 0.45 63.40% 68.50%
1995 1.00 0.90 0.94 0.90 0.47 0.45 69.72% 69.42%
1996 0.84 0.91 0.89 0.90 0.46 0.45 69.94% 70.31%
1997 1.02 0.91 0.96 0.90 0.44 0.45 70.60% 70.23%
1998 0.92 0.91 0.89 0.91 0.46 0.45 67.70% 70.14%
1999 0.87 0.92 0.84 0.91 0.44 0.45 69.38% 70.06%
2000 0.87 0.92 0.84 0.91 0.43 0.45 67.21% 69.97%
2001 0.90 0.92 0.88 0.91 0.46 0.44 70.86% 69.89%
2002 0.94 0.93 0.95 0.91 0.41 0.44 72.19% 69.81%
2003 0.85 0.93 0.89 0.92 0.43 0.44 70.14% 69.72%
2004 0.88 0.93 0.90 0.92 0.44 0.44 70.35% 69.64%
2005 1.00 0.94 0.98 0.92 0.46 0.44 71.19% 69.55%
2006 0.91 0.94 0.89 0.92 0.44 0.44 67.90% 69.46%
2007 0.95 0.95 0.95 0.93 0.44 0.44 69.33% 69.38%
2008 0.98 0.95 0.95 0.93 0.43 0.44 71.43% 69.29%
2009 1.07 0.95 1.02 0.93 0.44 0.43 73.51% 69.21%
2010 0.91 0.96 0.88 0.93 0.43 0.43 66.03% 69.12%
2011 0.91 0.96 0.90 0.94 0.44 0.43 70.28% 69.03%
2012 0.96 0.96 0.89 0.94 0.42 0.43 64.99% 68.95%
2013 0.93 0.97 0.88 0.94 0.43 0.43 - 68.86%
2014 1.01 0.97 1.00 0.94 0.45 0.44 - 68.77%
2015 1.01 0.98 0.99 0.95 0.45 0.45 - 68.69%
2016 0.96 0.98 0.93 0.95 0.46 0.46 - 68.60%
2017 0.98 0.98 0.98 0.95 0.47 0.48 - 68.51%
2018 - - - - 0.49 0.49 - 68.42%

New cases come from SEER 13. Deaths come from U.S. Mortality.
All Races, Both Sexes. Rates are Age-Adjusted.
Modeled trend lines were calculated from the underlying rates using the Joinpoint Trend Analysis Software.

New cases are also referred to as incident cases in other publications. Rates of new cases are also referred to as incidence rates.


Rate of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The rate of new cases of bone and joint cancer was 1.0 per 100,000 men and women per year. The death rate was 0.5 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2013–2017 cases and 2014–2018 deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 0.1 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with bone and joint cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2015–2017 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2017, there were an estimated 56,675 people living with bone and joint cancer in the United States.

Survival Statistics

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Bone and Joint Cancer?

Relative survival is an estimate of the percentage of patients who would be expected to survive the effects of their cancer. It excludes the risk of dying from other causes. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.

66.0%

5-Year
Relative Survival

66.0%

Based on data from SEER 18 2010–2016. Gray figures represent those who have died from bone and joint cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

New Cases and Deaths

How Common Is This Cancer?

Compared to other cancers, bone and joint cancer is rare.

Rank Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2020
Estimated
Deaths 2020
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 276,480 42,170
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 228,820 135,720
3. Prostate Cancer 191,930 33,330
4. Colorectal Cancer 147,950 53,200
5. Melanoma of the Skin 100,350 6,850
6. Bladder Cancer 81,400 17,980
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 77,240 19,940
8. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 73,750 14,830
9. Uterine Cancer 65,620 12,590
10. Leukemia 60,530 23,100
- - -
29. Bone and Joint Cancer 3,600 1,720

Bone and joint cancer represents 0.2% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.

0.2%

In 2020, it is estimated that there will be 3,600 new cases of bone and joint cancer and an estimated 1,720 people will die of this disease.

Who Gets This Cancer?

Osteosarcoma is most common in teenagers. Ewing Sarcoma is most common in teenagers and young adults. The rate of new cases of bone and joint cancer was 1.0 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2013–2017 cases, age-adjusted.

Rate of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Bone and Joint Cancer
Males
All Races 1.1
White 1.2
Black 0.9
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.8
Hispanic 1.1
Non-Hispanic 1.1
Females
All Races 0.8
White 0.9
Black 0.7
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.9
Hispanic 0.8
Non-Hispanic 0.8

SEER 21 2013–2017, Age-Adjusted

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Bone and Joint Cancer
Age Range Percent of New Cases
<20 25.6%
20–34 15.1%
35–44 8.9%
45–54 11.8%
55–64 13.6%
65–74 13.0%
75–84 7.8%
>84 4.1%

Bone and joint cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people aged <20.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

45

SEER 21 2013–2017, All Races, Both Sexes

Who Dies From This Cancer?

The death rate was 0.5 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2014–2018 deaths, age-adjusted.

Death Rate per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Bone and Joint Cancer
Males
All Races 0.6
White 0.6
Black 0.6
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.5
Hispanic 0.5
Non-Hispanic 0.6
Females
All Races 0.4
White 0.4
Black 0.4
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.4
Hispanic 0.3
Non-Hispanic 0.4

U.S. 2014–2018, Age-Adjusted

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Bone and Joint Cancer
Age Range Percent of Deaths
<20 11.4%
20–34 12.0%
35–44 5.1%
45–54 7.9%
55–64 13.9%
65–74 18.2%
75–84 16.9%
>84 14.6%

The percent of bone and joint cancer deaths is highest among people aged 65–74.

Median Age
At Death

64

U.S. 2014–2018, All Races, Both Sexes

Trends in Rates

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, age-adjusted rates for new bone and joint cancer cases have been rising on average 0.4% each year over 2008–2017. Age-adjusted death rates have been rising on average 1.3% each year over 2009–2018. 5-year relative survival trends are shown below.

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More About This Cancer

Cancer and the Bone and Joint

Primary bone cancer is cancer that forms in cells of the bone. Some types of primary bone cancer are osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, and chondrosarcoma. Secondary bone cancer is cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body (such as the prostate, breast, or lung). Primary bone cancer is far less common than cancer that spreads to the bones.

Bone cancer is a malignant tumor of the bone that destroys normal bone tissue. Not all bone tumors are malignant. In fact, benign (noncancerous) bone tumors are more common than malignant ones.

Common types of primary bone and joint cancer include the following:

Additional Information

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about bone and joint cancer.

References

All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within SEER*Explorer.

Suggested Citation

All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

SEER Cancer Stat Facts: Bone and Joint Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/bones.html

These stat facts focus on population statistics that are based on the U.S. population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse SEER*Explorer. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer Profiles.

The statistics presented in these stat facts are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in SEER*Explorer. In some cases, different year spans may be used.

Estimates of new cases and deaths for 2020 are projections made by the American Cancer Society (ACS), based on earlier reported data.

Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. These stat facts do not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although links are provided to information in many of these areas.