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Is a shadow on an x-ray always (or normally) cancer?
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by penpen82, Jan 11, 2011
I had a nasty fall a couple of weeks ago that left me sore and bruised on one side of my back.  When my back was almost healed, i developed a pretty awful dull ache in my hip and down my leg that would not go away.  After a week or so,I went to the doctor who sent me for an xray.  The xray showed no damage from the fall but showed a "shadow".  Doc is now sending me for a bone scan (with radioactive dye) and indicated that a shadow could mean cancer....I am 37 years old and relatively healthy (a little overweight but I'm working on that)....can this "shadow" be something else or is it normally cancer of some sort?  If it is cancer, does this mean it is "bone cancer"?  What does this mean exactly?
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by caregiver222, Jan 11, 2011
You have a "density" which suggests an abnormality. Be optimistic and let the diagnostic process continue,

Not having viewed your x-ray, it is impossible to make an opinion. The density could represent a growth, which may be benign and not malignant (not all growths are cancer)  , an infection (tb), fluid ([pneumonia), or fibrosis (from smoking or exposure to an antigen, such as stone dust or asbestos).

Continue with the evaluation and post back when they come to a conclusion.
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by penpen82, Jan 18, 2011
Thanks for your response.  I really appreciate it.  Do you know if a bone scan is the right evaluation?  I've been doing some reading on the internet (probably a little too much reading!) but in general it seems that a bone scan is used to see if there is cancer that has metasticized in the bone.  Will it also show primary cancer if there is one?