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Sarcoma Awareness Week

by Frankie Wythe on 26 June 2018 10:03

2nd-8th July

 

The theme for this year’s sarcoma awareness week is spreading the message that sarcoma is cancer.

 

Understanding sarcoma

· Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, cartilage, tendons, blood vessel and the fatty and fibrous tissues.

· They commonly affect the arms, legs and trunk but can also appear in the stomach and intestines or reproductive system.

· Bone sarcomas affect less than 500 people in the UK each year and not all bone cancers will be    sarcomas

· Soft tissue sarcomas can affect any part of the body, they develop in supporting or connective    tissue and can include the gastrointestinal tract, female reproductive system or in the abdomen.

 

Figures

· 10 people every day are diagnosed with sarcoma in the UK

· In the UK, sarcoma makes up approximately 1% of all cancer diagnoses

· Sarcomas make up 15% of all childhood cancers (0-14 years) and 11% of teenage and young people (15-24 years)

 

Diagnosis

· Sarcomas are usually found when a lump appears on the leg, arm or trunk but they can also be found during routine investigations of other symptoms or during a routine operation

· The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed, the better the chances of successful treatment

· Diagnosis may include a clinical examination, imaging e.g. CT or MRI, biopsy or bone scan

 

Treatment

· Each case will be managed by a team of experts from a range of health care professionals

· The type of treatment will depend on the stage and grade of your cancer and the type of sarcoma

· Some treatment options may include radiotherapy , chemotherapy or surgery

 

Ways to get involved

· Host a big picnic sarcoma.org.uk/get-involved

· Raise the page for sarcoma UK sarcoma.org.uk/get-involved

· Design a t-shirt sarcoma.org.uk/get-involved

· Take part in the sarcoma UK support line on Facebook live  sarcoma.org.uk

· Change your profile picture for a week twibbon.com

 

 www.sarcoma.org.uk

 

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Frankie Wythe

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