Signs and symptoms of bone cancer
Possible symptoms of bone cancer include pain near the tumour, reduced movement or an unexplained broken bone.
The symptoms on this page can be caused by other conditions that are more common than bone cancer. Because of this, it sometimes takes a long time for bone cancer to be diagnosed.
This may start as an ache that does not go away. You may have pain at night or when you are resting. It can feel worse during or after exercise. In children, this symptom may be mistaken for a sprain or growing pains.
If you have unexplained bone pain, see your GP to have it checked.
If the cancer is near a joint, you may find it harder to move the joint. Movement in the arm or leg (the limbs) may be affected.
If the affected bone is in the leg, it may cause a limp.
A tumour in the spine may press on nerves. This is called spinal cord compression. It can cause numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs. It can also cause problems controlling the bladder or bowel.