Warning signs of bone cancer

Q: Are there any clear warning signs that someone may have bone cancer?

Pain is often a warning sign that there is a problem that deserves further attention and care, especially in patients already living with cancer. Early on, pain may occur in the middle of the night or after activity. However, as the tumor grows, the pain may become more persistent. Other symptoms can include swelling or tenderness around the affected area, fractures, and unintended weight loss and fatigue.

Someone experiencing these symptoms should consult with a doctor and try to get an X-ray. If the X-ray is negative but the pain persists, the patient may need further examination with an MRI scan. Wherever someone may be in this process, it is important that the patient is empowered to seek explanations and fully understand his or her symptoms and results.

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