As with any form of cancer, if you experience the symptoms of bone cancer—bone swelling, pain and potentially even fractures—then you need to see a physician immediately.
We are quite fortunate that rapid advances in medical research have allowed doctors to identify various forms of cancer in their earliest stages. However, the medical professional world has had no such luck when it comes to the early detection of bone cancer. For this reason it is imperative to be apprised of the signs and symptoms of bone cancer.
Indeed, while primary bone cancer—cancer that is born in and of the bone—only accounts for .5 percent of all cancers combined, it is terminal for more than half of the people that are diagnosed with it.
Bone Cancer: Identifying Markers
- Pain in and around your bones. This type of pain is the most consistent symptom of bone cancer reported, and can move from undergoing ebbs and flows to being constant and chronic in nature. If this pain is caused by bone cancer, you will unfortunately find that over-the-counter pain pills will not be sufficient to ease it.
- Swelling in localized areas. Swelling in and around the joints where the cancer is located is another common symptom of bone cancer. An individual may very well notice a lump in close proximity to where the cancer is located. Swelling is unfortunately not the best indicator that bone cancer is in its early stages, though, as it usually only crops up when the cancer has had some time to develop.
- Fractures in the bone. This particular symptom of bone cancer is not quite as common as the two just mentioned. Nonetheless, bone tumors can erode the bone so severely that it breaks from the stress.
- Miscellaneous bone cancer symptoms: Loss of weight, chronic tiredness, frequent fevers and anemia. Keep in mind that these symptoms are shared by most other forms of cancer as well, and are not in any way specific to bone cancer.
It is worth noting that the signs and symptoms of bone cancer are not only linked to other types of cancer, but are also linked to a spectrum of different health conditions. An example of this is how the swelling linked to bone cancer is also a common symptom of arthritis. Similarly, the pain experienced from a torn muscle will parallel the pain felt by bone cancer patients.
Because the signs and symptoms of different medical conditions overlap, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as you experience any of these symptoms. The best opportunity we have of treating cancer is early detection, so listen to your body and seek a professional diagnosis if ever it is in chronic pain.