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Benign Bone Tumor

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a benign bone tumor?

A benign bone tumor may start in the bone or in the cartilage at the end of the bone. Benign means the tumor is not cancer and cannot spread. Some benign bone tumors can change and become cancer. A benign tumor may grow large enough to cause problems with movement or with organ function. A tumor can also weaken the bone and cause it to fracture easily. Your risk for a benign bone tumor is increased if you have a family history of bone tumors.

What are the signs and symptoms of a benign bone tumor?

You may be able to feel a hard mass or cyst. You may have bone pain that is dull or achy, or that wakes you at night. You may break a bone easily. A tumor that is near a joint may cause the joint to become stiff. You may have numbness or tingling if the tumor is pressing on nerves. Some benign bone tumors do not cause any signs or symptoms.

How is a benign bone tumor diagnosed?

A bone tumor may be found during an x-ray for another problem, such as an injured ankle.

How is a benign bone tumor treated?

A benign tumor may disappear without treatment. This is more common in children than in adults. You may need any of the following:

What can I do to manage a benign bone tumor?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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