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Sarcoma Awareness

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month: What You Should Know About The “Forgotten Cancer”

What Is Sarcoma?

Sarcoma is a rare, soft-tissue cancer made up of many “subtypes” because it can arise from a variety of tissue structures (nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat, blood vessels; the body’s “connective tissues”).  Additionally, Sarcoma may also occur in the bones.  Basically, because these tissues are found everywhere in the body, Sarcomas can arise anywhere.

Sarcoma Awareness Month runs for the whole of July. We’ve included a few details about Sarcoma below but there is lots of information to be found here. Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, and fatty and fibrous tissues. They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside. Sarcomas commonly affect the arms, legs, and trunk.

Sarcoma is very rare, and much more research needs to be done to fully understand how these cancers develop 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.

There are three main types of sarcoma: soft tissue sarcoma, bone sarcoma, and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).

Why do we have a Sarcoma Awareness Month?

Sarcoma is still considered to be the “forgotten cancer.”  Efforts to encourage research and drug development are made more challenging due to a lack of awareness and understanding. People need to comprehend that we must raise awareness and spread knowledge in the community.

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