Bone Cancer: Medical Illustrations

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find a basic drawing of the skeleton, which is the part of the body affected by this disease, as well as a close-up view of the inside of a bone. To see other pages, use the menu.

The image is a drawing of a full adult skeleton. The adult human skeleton consists of 206 bones. A cross section of the femur (thigh bone) shows 3 different parts of a human bone. It shows cartilage as a thin layer at the head of the femur where it connects to the pelvis. The hard outer surface of the bone (called compact bone) surrounds a spongy red tissue called marrow. Copyright 2004 American Society of Clinical Oncology. Robert Morreale/Visual Explanations, LLC.

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