Spinal tumours are an uncommon cause of back pain
If you have ever had a treatment for cancer in the past you should remind your doctor of this.
The 'Red Flags' are useful symptoms that doctors will use to screen for serious spine disorders.
Some examples of Red Flags would be:
A previous history of treatment for a cancer
Unexplained wieght loss
Muscle weakness of the arms or legs
A new onset of back pain over the age of 55 that isn't getting better
Pain that is steadily getting worse despite treatments that are known to be usually effective