Tumor of the Bone Anatomy
To better understand a bone tumor, it helps to understand bone anatomy.
The skeleton is a living structure that supports the entire body. Bone is made up of an outer shell of very dense bone that surrounds a honeycomb-like structure of softer bone. Bone mainly consists of protein and calcium. Without calcium, bone will become weak.
The human skeleton can be divided into two sections:
- Axial skeleton:
- Appendicular skeleton:
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