Our body has more than 200 bones. The bone act as a skeleton for the body and protects vital organs such as the lungs and liver. Primary bone cancer begins from the bone itself and secondary bone stems from other organs which spread to the bone (eg, from breast, lung and prostate gland)
Secondary bone cancer is the most common bonecancer recorded. It originate from the harmful cancer cells from other organs and has spread to the bone and attack the bone.
Symptoms and Signs
- Swelling and pain in the affected area;
- intense pain, especially at night;
- Organ or body part failure;
- bones are more brittle and easy to fracture; and
- loss of weight and appetite.
In 2001, the ratio of 1 in 100,000 people were found suffering from bone cancer every year. Although bone cancer is less the case when compared to other cancers, but it still needs to be treated immediately before it is too late. Bone cancer that fail to treat will cause bone fracture and ultimately lead to death.