Types of Benign Bone tumors
- most common benign bone tumor; common in people under 20y/o.
- Giant cell tumor
- typically affects the leg
- Osteoid osteoma
- often found in long bones: commonly those in their early 20s.
- single tumor that occurs in the spine and long bones: commonly found in young adults.
- an often asymptomatic tumor Usually found in the bones of hand and feet; most common type of hand tumor
Primary Bone Sarcoma
- Tumor that forms first in bone
- Usually of an unknown cause but heredity may be a factor
- High-dose radiation therapy or cancer drugs may increase the risk of this type of cancer
Some common types of bone cancer:
- begins in bone cells; most common in the are around thee knee and upper arm.;Most common in teens and young adults.
- Ewing’s sarcoma
- Begins in bone cells but may also arise from soft tissue; Found in those between the ages of 5 and 20; Common sites are the ribs, pelvis, leg, and upper arm
- Begins in cartilage cells; most often found in those between 40 and 70. Common sites are the hip, pelvis, leg, arm, and shoulder; begins in cartilage cells
Symptoms of Bone Tumors
- Pain in the tumor area
- often felt as dull or achy
- Worsens with activity
- Often awakens people at night
- Night sweats
- Unusual swelling around a bone
If you think you might have a bone tumor, see your doctor right way. Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history and conduct a physical exam. You may need blood and imaging tests. To confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may remove tissue through a needle or incision and have it examined under a microscope for signs of cancer. This is called a biopsy.