Bone cancer is a relatively rare form of cancer affecting approximately 2,500 to 3,100 people every year in the USA. Causes are unknown, but it does appear to affect children and young adults more frequently than older people. There are a number of types of bone cancer, the most common being:
- Osteosarcoma, which originates in the cells of the bone itself and occurs most commonly in the bones of the leg or arm. Afflicts mainly children and young adults.
- Chondrosarcoma, which begins in cartilage cells. Usually found in the pelvis, arms and legs of middle-aged and older adults.
- Ewing’s sarcoma. It’s still a mystery as to where in the bone Ewing’s begins, but it affects the pelvis, arms and legs of children and young adults.
Secondary bone cancers may result from the after- effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for previous cancer.
Because bone cancer symptoms are not very visible in the early stages, it’s advisable to be sensitive to early warning signs. Early detection can assist in the treatment and cure of bone cancer.
Here are 11 symptoms of bone cancer to watch out for. Should you notice any consistency in the duration of these symptoms, it would be advisable to consult your doctor or health professional.