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Bone Cancer Symptoms

Possible symptoms of bone cancer include pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness in the affected area. Fatigue, fever, weight loss, and anemia may also occur. However, these bone cancer symptoms are not sure signs of bone cancer. Other, less serious health problems can cause similar symptoms, so anyone with these problems is encouraged to see a doctor.

An Introduction to Bone Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Bone cancer usually develops over time. As the cancer cells grow, the cells spread more deeply into the bone and to surrounding areas. When bone cancer spreads (metastasizes) outside the bone, cancer cells are often found in nearby lymph nodes, nerves, or blood vessels. If the cancer has reached the lymph nodes, it may spread to other organs. It is helpful to understand the progression of bone cancer in order to understand bone cancer symptoms, staging, and treatment.

Common Bone Cancer Symptoms

Pain is the most common bone cancer symptom. However, symptoms may vary, depending on the location and size of the bone cancer. Tumors that occur in or near joints may cause swelling, tenderness, and/or stiffness in the affected area. Bone cancer can also interfere with normal movements and can weaken the bones, occasionally leading to a fracture.
Other symptoms of bone cancer may include:
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia.

Summary of Bone Cancer Symptoms

These symptoms are not sure signs of bone cancer. Other, less serious health problems can also cause these symptoms. People with possible symptoms of bone cancer should see a doctor as soon as possible, because only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.
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