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How is bone cancer diagnosed?

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If you think you might have a bone tumor, see your doctor right way. Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history and conduct a physical exam. You may need blood and imaging tests. To confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may perform a biopsy by removing tissue through a needle or incision and examining it under a microscope for signs of cancer.

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Bone Tumor."

National Cancer Institute: "Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers."

Bonetumor.org.

American Cancer Society: "What Is Bone Cancer?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 2, 2020

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Bone Tumor."

National Cancer Institute: "Bone Cancer: Questions and Answers."

Bonetumor.org.

American Cancer Society: "What Is Bone Cancer?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 2, 2020

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