What causes rhabdomyosarcoma?

Not much is known about what causes rhabdomyosarcoma, but it has something to do with the DNA that controls the cells in skeletal muscles. Skeletal muscles are the muscles that we can control and move, such as those in our limbs, necks, and faces. In children with rhabdomyosarcoma, something has damaged the DNA that controls the production and growth of cells in skeletal muscle. These problems in the genes cause new cells to develop too quickly and old cells to stay alive for too long. This results in a buildup of cells that forms a tumor. In some cases, the DNA is often damaged by certain genetic disorders. In many cases, though, doctors are not sure what causes the DNA abnormalities that lead to rhabdomyosarcoma.

Continue Learning about Musculoskeletal Cancers

What is bone metastasis?
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)
Sometimes, breast cancer becomes advanced and metastasizes (spreads) to other areas of the body. The...
More Answers
What is a chordoma?
Joshua B. Bederson, MDJoshua B. Bederson, MD
Chordoma is an uncommon, slow-growing tumor that is thought to arise from cellular remnants of t...
More Answers
What is osteosarcoma?
Jumo HealthJumo Health
Osteosarcoma is a cancer that occurs when certain cells in the bones grow out of control and form a ...
More Answers
How is a chordoma diagnosed?
Joshua B. Bederson, MDJoshua B. Bederson, MD
Diagnosis of a chordoma is made with the following: MRI and/or CT of the brainNeurological examina...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.