Most cases of bone cancer develop in the long bones of the legs or upper arms which can cause symptoms of the disease to be mistaken for arthritis.
The most common symptoms of the disease is a persistent pain which gets worse over time, and like arthritis, can get worse at night.
Other symptoms of bone cancer can include swelling and redness over a bone which can make movement challenging.
This could also be mistaken for gout, an uncomfortable, inflammatory condition that occurs when needle-like crystals of uric acid form within certain joints or soft tissues.
Macmillan Cancer Support said another signs of the disease could be difficulty moving a joint.
It said: “If the cancer is near a joint, this can make it more difficult to move the joint. It can affect the movement of the whole limb.
“If the affected bone is in the leg, it may cause a limp. If the tumour is in the spine, it may press on nerves, causing weakness or numbness and tingling in the limbs.”
Other symptoms include a high temperature and unexplained weight loss.
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