July is Sarcoma awareness month

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Did you know that July is Sarcoma awareness month?  Here are some facts about Sarcoma:

  • Sarcoma is a rare cancer.  It affects 1% of adult cancers.
  • It is more common in children and it accounts for 15% of childhood cancers.
  • Sarcoma is a cancer that affects the connective tissues of the body (tendons, muscles, fat cells, blood vessels, bones, cartilage, and synovial fluid (in joints)
  • The term “sarcoma” encompasses over 40 different tumor types.

signs

Here are some signs of Sarcoma:

  • A lump that has grown over the past weeks and/or months
  • Abdominal pain that doesn’t go away
  • Black tarry stools
  • Blood in stools or vomit

Keep in mind that even if you have 1 or all of these signs, doesn’t mean that you have Sarcoma.  It does mean that you should be checked out by your physician.

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