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What are the signs and symptoms of spine cancer?

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Some symptoms of spinal tumors include back pain that may radiate to other parts of the body, difficulty walking, loss of bladder or bowel function and loss of sensation, particularly in the legs or arms, according to Mayo Clinic. Muscle weakness and decreased sensitivity to pain are also symptoms.

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What are the signs and symptoms of spine cancer?
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The type of spinal tumor and its location can have a big impact on the symptoms and signs experienced, explains Mayo Clinic. This is particularly true as the tumor grows and begins to affect the blood vessels and nerves surrounding the spinal cord and the spinal cord itself.

Both noncancerous and cancerous spinal tumors often share back pain as an early common symptom, notes Mayo Clinic. This pain sometimes spreads beyond the back to affect the feet, arms, legs and hips. Even with treatment, the pain in the back may still become severe. The progression of spinal tumors varies, but as a general rule, noncancerous spinal tumors develop gradually over time while cancerous tumors develop rapidly. Even though most back pain is unrelated to cancer, because back pain is an early symptom of cancer of the spine, a medical professional should evaluate progressive and persistent back pain. The same is true of back pain that gets worse at night or is unrelated to a known injury.

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