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hollow spot on my ankle

I recently went to the dr for a sprained ankle and when he saw the xrays there was a large hollow spot right on my ankle. He said theres a possibility it could be bone cancer. How worried should i really be? Im seeing the bone specialist today.
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replied February 13th, 2012
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kendrasteve,

By the time you see this, you probably have already seen the specialist.

Primary bone cancer (malignant tumors) are most common in the young and the old (under twenty, over sixty). And even then it is rare.

Benign tumors or cysts are much more common.


If you had no pain before you sprained your ankle, that is a good sign that it is probably not malignant. Almost all malignant tumors are painful, and it is usually the presenting symptom.

A "defect" picked up incidentally (the x-ray was taken for something else, ie the sprain) are almost always benign.

But, it is a good idea to have it checked out. Even benign cysts can cause structural defects which may become a problem. And, there are the very rare cases, where a primary bone tumor shows up in the "wrong" age range.


Hope everything goes well. Good luck.
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