Sarcoma Awareness Week 29th June – 5th July 20202020-06-29T17:22:55+01:00
Sarcomas Awareness Week 29th June to 5th July #sarcomawontwait

Sarcoma Awareness Week 29th June – 5th July 2020

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Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside, including the muscle, bone, tendons, blood vessels and fatty tissues.

15 people are diagnosed with sarcoma every day in the UK. That’s about 5,300 people a year.

There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma.

Sarcomas commonly affect the arms, legs and trunk. They also appear in the stomach and intestines as well as behind the abdomen (retroperitoneal sarcomas) and the female reproductive system (gynaecological sarcomas).

They can affect any part of the body; they develop in supporting or connective tissue such as the muscle, nerves, fatty tissue, and blood vessels.

More research needs to be done to fully understand how these cancers develop and spread and how best to diagnose and treat them. People can survive sarcoma if their cancer is diagnosed early, when treatments can be effective and before the sarcoma has spread to other parts of the body.  It is vital that patients be referred to a specialist sarcoma team as early as possible

  • Bone sarcomas affect about 611 people in the UK each year – 1 in 9 sarcoma diagnoses are bone sarcoma. Not all bone cancers will be sarcomas.
  • Soft tissue sarcomas  are the most common type of sarcoma, around 88% of sarcomas are a type of soft tissue sarcoma.