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Soft tissue sarcoma information

What is soft tissue sarcoma?

Soft tissue sarcomas may develop in any tissue that connects, supports or surrounds other structures and organs in the body. Some examples of where soft tissues sarcomas can develop are muscles, fascia (the tough membrane that surrounds muscles), tendons, fat, blood vessels, nerves and synovial tissues (connective tissue that makes up the membranes surrounding joints).

Soft tissue sarcoma incidence

Soft tissue sarcomas are rare in adults, accounting for less than 1 percent of all new cases of cancer.

Sarcomas can be found almost anywhere in the body. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 50 percent of soft tissue sarcoma cases occur in the extremities (arms and legs), 40 percent occur in the trunk (back and chest) and 10 percent occur in the head and neck.

The American Cancer Society reports that about 12,390 new cases of soft tissue sarcoma will be diagnosed in 2017 (6,890 cases in males and 5,500 cases in females).

Types of soft tissue sarcoma

Learn about different types of soft tissue sarcoma.

Soft tissue sarcoma symptoms

Read about common soft tissue sarcoma symptoms.

Soft tissue sarcoma risk factors

Read about common risk factors for soft tissue sarcoma.

Stages of soft tissue sarcoma

Learn about the stages of soft tissue sarcoma.

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