Bone Metastasis

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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: 02/07/2014
Last Revised: 02/17/2014