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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.



· 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)



· 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



· 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

· Raise the page for sarcoma UK

· Design a t-shirt

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

· Change your profile picture for a week


Frankie Wythe

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