Bone cancer. Is it hereditary?
October 16, 2007 10:31pm CST
Two members of our family died due to bone cancer. One of which is my loving lola (grandma). She died two years ago. Others say that bone cancer is hereditary and if it's true meaning... i'm prone to it. I want to know the real score. Anyone who can shed light on this?
18 Dec 07
There are two different things: One is "blood cancer" commented above, like leukaemia. Originated in the bone marrow. Is not classified as being a bone cancer. Bone Cancer can be two types: Primary Bone cancer is very rare (check primary bone cancer here: http://www.cancerbackup.org.uk/Cancertype/Bone ). Secondary bone cancer is the most common, and it spreads to other organs (check secondary bone cancer here: http://www.cancerbackup.org.uk/Cancertype/Bonesecondary/ ). Normally all cancers are hereditary. But that doesn't mean you will have it or someone else. Let's say (in a rude science way) that the gene that makes you predisposed to have cancer is sleeping. If you give him the necessary environment, he will wake up, and you will probably have cancer. Sometimes that gene never wakes up, because you have a good quality of life, non-smoking, good food, exercise, etc. And that gene might not express. But if you are smoker, don't do exercise, if you like fat food AND you are predisposed to have it, your chance of having it is higher. Some people are not predisposed and have it too. Some are predisposed and don't have it. What i want to say to you with this phrase is that environment is the biggest "one" that can make you having cancer or not. (when i say you, i say everyone). You can also check this link: http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?articleId=845 It gives you tips on how you can reduce the chance of having cancer. I know it's 3 months late, but better late than never :p
9 Nov 07
Our bone is the factory of the production of our red blood and if there are obstruction to its process, the production is slow that could lead to poor blood circulation. If the body has a poor blood circulation, the body becomes weak and will get sick. Just my understanding of a body, if the bone can't have proper and appropriate supply of the blood, I do believe, raptures will occur and this is the beginning of the distribution of cancer cells. If we are not careful with our health and this is with the blood, and your mother has some cancer cells in the bones, it can be hereditary...am just pressuming.....!!!!
18 Dec 07
You are wrong about two things. First: Bone cancer has nothing to do with blood. The "Blood cancer" begins in the bone marrow. That's different. Second: If her mother already had cancer cells in her bones, she would be already with cancer, and not "only" cancer cells.