- What is cancer?
- What is bone metastasis?
- What are the key statistics about bone metastases?
- What are the risk factors for bone metastases?
- Do we know what causes bone metastases?
- Can bone metastases be prevented?
- How are bone metastases diagnosed?
- How are bone metastases treated?
- Systemic treatments for bone metastases
- Local treatments for bone metastases
- Pain medicines for bone metastases
- Clinical trials for bone metastases
- Complementary and alternative therapies for bone metastases
- Treating problems caused by bone metastases
- More treatment information about bone metastases
- What should you ask your doctor about bone metastases?
- What happens after treatment of bone metastases?
- What`s new in bone metastasis research and treatment?
- Additional resources for bone metastases
- References: Bone metastases detailed guide
What are the key statistics about bone metastases?
Most people who die of cancer will have metastases somewhere in the body. But certain cancers such as breast, prostate, lung, thyroid, and kidney cancers are more likely to spread to bone.
In people with breast and prostate cancer, the bone is often the first distant site of cancer spread. More than 2 out of 3 breast and prostate cancers that spread to other parts of the body spread to the bones.
Of lung, thyroid, and kidney cancers that spread to other parts of the body, about 1 out of 3 will spread to the bones.
Last Medical Review: 05/03/2012
Last Revised: 05/03/2012