News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center July 2008 – Issue 36
Sarcoma Awareness Month Every year, about 10,000 cases of soft tissue adult sarcoma will be diagnosed in the United States. Although this makes up less than 1 percent of all adult cancers, bone sarcomas account for around 5 percent of all cancers in children and adolescents.
Sarcomas are cancers of tissues that give structure and form to the body. Sarcomas can develop from fat, muscle, bone, blood and lymph vessels, many deep skin tissues and the fibrous tissues surrounding joints. These tumors frequently occur in the arms and legs but can appear anywhere in the body.
Treatment for most sarcomas is highly successful if the cancer is found early, but currently no routine screening recommendations are available for people who do not have risk factors for the disease. Those with a history of sarcoma in their family, occupational exposure to known carcinogens, ionizing radiation treatments for other cancers, or a medical condition that puts them at higher risk for sarcoma should speak with their doctor regularly about the disease. Those with a strong family history of sarcoma may also wish to meet with a genetic counselor.
Sarcoma, a rare cancer, is a serious and complex medical condition. Patients diagnosed with sarcoma may wish to seek a second opinion before treatment and look for a physician or health care team with experience treating the specific type of cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Sarcomas
A new or growing lump anywhere on the body, whether painful or not Abdominal pain that gradually worsens Blood in vomit or stool
These symptoms do not necessarily mean that the condition is cancer, but it is wise to see a doctor if you experience any of them.
The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) is a free resource library on the first floor of
Huntsman Cancer Institute
801-581-6365 • 1-888-424-2100 huntsmancancer.org/clc
FROM THE CLC Books
Healing Lessons Sidney Winawer
How to Raise Non-Smoking Kids Neil Izenberg
Dinosaurs Alive and Well! Laurie Krasney Brown
Running and Walking for Women over 40
Sarcoma Awareness Walk and Barbecue
Saturday, July 19, 2008 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Jordanelle State Park
For more information, call 801-585-5418.
Hope for the Troubled Heart Billy Graham Videos Don’t Get Burned by Tanning
Yoga Journal’s Yoga Practice for Relaxation
Living and Laughing with Cancer God Said, “Ha!” Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
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