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At our National Cancer Information Center trained Cancer Information Specialists can answer questions 24 hours a day, every day of the year to empower you with accurate, up-to-date information to help you make educated health decisions. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with valuable services and resources.
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For medical questions, we encourage you to review our information with your doctor.
The information here focuses on primary bone cancers (cancers that start in bones) that most often are seen in adults. Information on Osteosarcoma, Ewing Tumors (Ewing sarcomas), and Bone Metastasis is covered separately.
At this time, there are no widely recommended screening tests for bone cancer in people who aren’t known to be at increased risk. (Screening is testing for cancer in people without any symptoms.)
Still, most bone cancers are found at an early stage, before they have clearly spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms such as bone pain or swelling often prompt a visit to a doctor. (For more on this, see Signs and Symptoms of Bone Cancer.)
For people at higher risk
For some people who are at increased risk for bone cancer because they have certain bone conditions (listed in Risk Factors for Bone Cancer), doctors might recommend closer monitoring. Watching for early signs and symptoms can sometimes be helpful in finding bone cancer early and treating it successfully.