A dangerous form of bone cancer is often being misdiagnosed by GPs as growing pains, a charity has warned.
Just 42pc of people who develop osteosarcoma, which mostly affects children and young adults, will survive for five years after diagnosis, the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) said.
The charity has called for faster X-ray referrals by GPs after a report found survival rates for primary bone cancer have remained unchanged for the past 25 years.
The report, from the National Cancer Intelligence Network, found that there has been no improvement in the survival statistics for primary bone cancer between 1985 and 2009.
The charity said that 500 people in the UK are diagnosed with primary bone cancer each year.
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