Bone Cancer - Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of bone cancer?

Pain is the most common symptom of bone cancer. The pain may begin at certain times, often at night, or with physical activity and tends to worsen over time. Sometimes, the pain may be present for years before the affected person seeks treatment. Other cases of bone cancer are discovered incidentally when X-rays or imaging studies are performed for another reason. A mass, swelling, or lump is sometimes felt around the area of a bone cancer. Bone fractures may also occur at the site of the bone tumor (including benign tumors as well as cancers) because the underlying bone has weakened. Other less common symptoms can result from compression or disruption of nerves and blood vessels in the affected area. These symptoms may include numbness, tingling, tenderness, or a decrease in blood flow (coldness, weakened pulse).

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