Bone cancer

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Symptoms of bone cancer

Bone cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms often appear as the tumour grows and causes changes in the body such as pain or a lump. Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as bone cancer.

The most common symptom of bone cancer is pain in a bone or joint that doesn’t go away and may be made worse by exercising. The pain may be worse at night.

Other signs and symptoms of bone cancer include:

  • swelling or a lump that can be felt over a bone
  • difficulty moving or using a limb (for example, a limp when walking)
  • a bone that breaks because it is weakened by the cancer (called a pathological fracture)

Rare symptoms of bone cancer may include:

  • fatigue
  • sweating
  • fever
  • weight loss

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