What are Bone Metastases?
When cancer spreads from the part of the body where it started to other parts of the body, we say that it has metastasized. The secondary tumors are called metastases.
Bone is the third most common location for metastases, after lung and liver. Prostate, breast, and lung cancers tend to form metastatic tumors within bone. The bone metastases (often called “bone mets”) can happen anywhere in the body but are mostly found in bones near the center of the body such as spine, pelvis (hips), ribs, skull and long bones of the leg.
Pain is the most common symptom of bone metastases. Over 70% of patients with bone mets suffer from significant pain.
Bone tumors may have no symptoms, however if symptoms are experienced, they may include:
The primary symptoms associated with bone metastases include: