Be Symptom Aware

What are the Symptoms of Primary Bone Cancers?

  • Bone pain; this has been described as toothache-like pain; it may come and go at first then become more persistent, especially at night.
  • A swelling; this can be seen if a tumour is on a bone near the surface of the body but in other places, like on the pelvis, it may not be visible.
  • Reduced movement of a joint, or a limp.

For further information on the specific symptoms for osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma please visit:

What Should I do if the Symptoms Persist?

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued guidelines for General Practitioners (GPs) to follow if they suspect a diagnosis of primary bone cancer (bone sarcoma). It is important to remember that bone cancer is very rare and symptoms like these often have other causes. However, when symptoms persist, it is a good idea to ask your doctor for an x-ray, which is a simple and effective way of detecting bone tumours.

To read the NICE guidelines, click here.

How can I Help to Build Awareness of Primary Bone Cancer and the Symptoms?

Be Symptom Aware

The more people who are aware of primary bone cancer symptoms, the more likely they'll be to do something about it!

We want people to be empowered with information on primary bone cancer, in the hope that late diagnosis becomes a thing of the past. This is where we need your help! Please download and print out our Be Symptom Aware poster (left) and put it up in as many places as you can think of – schools, work, and libraries are just a few options.

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