Bone cancer can begin in any bone in the body, but it most commonly affects the pelvis or the long bones in the arms and legs. Bone cancer is rare, making up less than 1 percent of all cancers. In fact, noncancerous bone tumors are much more common than cancerous ones.
The term "bone cancer" doesn't include cancers that begin elsewhere in the body and spread to the bone. Instead, those cancers are named from where they began, such as breast cancer that has spread to the bone.
Some types of bone cancer occur primarily in children, while others affect mostly adults. Surgical removal is the most common treatment, but chemotherapy and radiation therapy also may be utilized. The decision to use surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy is based on the type of bone cancer being treated.
Signs and symptoms of bone cancer include:
● Pain (usually worse at night).
● Unexplained swelling near the affected area.
● Difficulty moving around.
● Weakened bone, leading to fracture
Make an appointment with your doctor if you or your child develop bone pain that:
● Comes and goes
● Becomes worse at night
● Isn't helped by over-the-counter pain relievers