What is MSCC?

People with cancer are at risk of this spreading to other parts of their body, including the spine.

MSCC is rare; between 5 and 10% of cancer patients develop spinal cord compression. All types of cancer can spread to the bones of the spine but it is most common in cancers of the prostate, lung and breast. If not diagnosed and treated urgently, damage to the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis.

Last updated: March 2023