Theories about why Bone Cancer develops:
Rapidly growing cells at the growth plates of bones are at higher risk of genetic mutation.
Tumors may develop at an area where trauma has occurred because of the increased cellular activity at the affected area.
It is also observed that neutered dogs are twice as likely to acquire Bone Cancer. Old age and an increasing height are also considered as risk factors in the development of this disease. Apparently, these tumors appear in dogs between ages 2 to 8.
Understanding the Risk Factors of Cancer
While there is a higher risk for Giant breeds to acquire Bone Cancer due to genetics, other factors may also contribute in the abnormalities, mutation or defects in the growth plates. These risk factors are Carcinogens.
Carcinogens are substances that can interrupt the normal metabolic or growth process of cells in the body therefore creating abnormal cells that eventually sum up to become tumors.
These Carcinogens may be found in products such as industrial cleaning products, house cleaning products, and even food. The pesticides, fertilizers, additives, and fillers that are used in the processing of food, whether human food or dog food, all sum up to contribute a staggering amount of carcinogens that humans and animals consume alike.
Carcinogens may also come from radiation, X-ray, Teflon, asbestos and more.
These carcinogens, when they have entered the body, will create chemical and biological reactions that may lead to abnormal cell growths.