Bone cancer is a sarcoma (cancerous tumor) that arises in the bone. There are about 50 new bone cancer cases every year in Spain, making primary bone cancer relatively rare.
Secondary (or metastatic) bone cancer is cancer that spreads to the bone from another part of the body. This type of bone cancer occurs more commonly than primary bone cancer.
The most common types of primary bone cancer are:
- Ewing's sarcoma
Osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma occur more frequently in children and adolescents; chondrosarcoma occurs more often in adults.
Symptoms of bone cancer can vary depending on the size and location of the tumor. Pain is the most common symptom, as well as swelling and tenderness (from a tumor in or near a joint), or difficulty with normal movement. Other symptoms may include:
- Weight loss
Having one or more of the symptoms listed above does not necessarily mean you have bone cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may indicate other health problems.