Sarcoma Awareness Month

Sarcoma is a rare cancer that affects around 2% of all cancers with roughly around 5,300 patients a year been diagnosed. Although there are over 100 different types of sarcoma, they are grouped into soft tissues sarcomas and bone sarcomas.

it is typically found from a lump in the leg, arm or chest/stomach area.

The main symptoms of sarcoma;

  • A lump which is growing, changing or bigger than a golf ball
  • Swelling, tenderness or pain and or around the bone
  • Stomach cramps, feeling sick or loss of appetite
  • Blood in your poo or sick

Sarcomas are often detected with further investigations through scans – ultrasound, CT or MRI scan.

Stages vs Grades

Cancers are usually graded, staged or both. The stating determines the size and if it has spread, whilst the grading is the appearance of the cancer.

**Having one of more of these symptoms does not mean that you have Sarcoma. However, if you have some of these symptoms and are worried it is always best to get checked by a health care professional**