If you have severe back pain, it is natural to wonder whether or not the pain might be a sign of spinal cancer.

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Tumors in the spinal column may cause back pain from expansion of the bone or from weakening the bone, which in turn can result in spinal fractures, compression (pinching) of the nerves, or spinal instability.