Ewing's family of tumors
Other Names for this Disease
- Askin’s tumor (PNET of the chest wall) (type)
- Ewing family of tumors
- Ewing’s tumor of bone (type)
- Extraosseous Ewing’s (tumor growing outside of the bone) (type)
- Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) (type)
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In general, cancers are caused when the genes that regulate the cell's growth and division are changed. The cause of the changes is unknown, but may be due to a combination of genetic factors, environmental factors, and the process of aging. The development of cancer is not a quick or simple process. It is a progression involving a build-up of changes in a number of different genes in the cells of the body tissues over time.
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