When solid tumor cancer spreads, it often goes to bone. Tumors that result from cancer spreading to the bone are called bone metastases or"bone mets."  1

Find out about the serious bone problems that bone mets can cause.

WHAT ARE BONE METS?

When cancer spreads from the original tumor to the bone, those tumors are called bone mets. Bone mets are especially common in advanced metastatic breast, prostate, lung, and other solid tumor cancers.1

WHAT SERIOUS BONE PROBLEMS CAN THEY CAUSE?

Bone mets can weaken the bone, leading to serious bone problems. Serious bone problems are defined as broken bones (fractures), a need for surgery to prevent or repair broken bones, a need for radiation treatments to the bone, or pressure on the spinal cord (spinal cord compression).2

HOW CAN YOU HELP PROTECT YOUR BONE HEALTH?

You and your doctor should speak about what is right for you. You may discuss medicines and supplements or lifestyle choices.

WHAT COULD EXPERIENCING A SERIOUS
BONE PROBLEM MEAN TO YOU?

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REFERENCES:
  1. American Cancer Society. Bone metastasis. American Cancer Society website. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003087-pdf.pdf. Revised February 17, 2014. Accessed May 5, 2015.
  2. American Cancer Society. Advanced cancer. American Cancer Society website. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003082-pdf.pdf. Revised March 6, 2014. Accessed May 5, 2015.