What are the signs of bone cancer?
Bone cancer can be present for a while before any symptoms are noticed. The most common symptoms is bone pain. Since these cancers are usually along the long bones, these are the ones that will have pain.
Some people who have bone cancer but don't know it yet may break a bone in a seemingly not serious accident. This can happen because the bone has been weakened by the tumor.
There may be fatigue (weakness), weight loss, anemia (not enough red blood cells), fever, and perhaps swelling or pain in the joint close to the tumor.
Sometimes, bone cancer is detected by accident. If someone is having an X-ray for another reason, the doctor may notice something in the image that causes him or her to investigate further and find the cancer.
Timothy A. Damron, MD, et al. Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, and Ewing's Sarcoma. National Cancer Data Base Report. In Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. June 2007. Vol. 459. Pp. 40-47.
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