Approximately 3,010 adults will be diagnosed with bone cancer this year, and more than 1,400 will die from the disease. There are several types of bone cancer. However, primary bone cancer, which results when a tumor grows inside a bone, and secondary bone cancer, which is caused when cancer cells spread from another part of the body into the adjacent bones, are the most prevalent.
The most unfortunate aspect of bone cancer, or any type of cancer, is that patients often don’t realize there is an issue until it’s too late. Don’t be a statistic! Don’t ignore the telltale symptoms of bone cancer…
1. Bone pain
Chronic pain is common to those with bone cancer, and it’s typically one of the first signs that bone cancer is present. Ongoing pain can result from the cancer tumor—either emanating from inside the affected bone or joint, from the tumor pressing on a nearby organ or nerve, or pain as a result of cancer treatment (i.e., radiation or chemotherapy). “It may be worse at night or when the bone is used, for instance, leg pain when walking. As the cancer grows, the pain will be there all the time, and get worse with activity,” writes the American Cancer Society.