Sarcoma Awareness Month
Known as the “forgotten cancer”, sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults (1% of all adult cancers), but rather prevalent in children (about 20% of all childhood cancers). It is made up of “subtypes” because it can arise from a variety of tissue structures (nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat, blood vessels – the body’s connective tissues). Because these tissues are found everywhere in the body, Sarcomas can arise anywhere. The most frequent location are the limbs since this is where most of the body’s connective tissue resides.
The number one sign of sarcoma is a physical lump without any source of injury. If there is an unexplained pain or swelling in a joint or bone and it has not gone away in a couple of weeks, it is encouraged that patients ask their physician. Sarcomas can usually be spotted in an x-ray. If nothing shows up, this should be followed up with a CT scan or MRI, depending on where the pain is located.