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What are soft tissue sarcomas?
Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that begin in the tissues that connect, support or surround organs and other body structures. Soft tissue includes fat, muscles, tendons, nerves, joint tissue, blood vessels and other fibrous tissue.
Types of soft tissue sarcomas
There are many different types of soft tissue sarcoma including:
What causes soft tissue sarcomas?
The exact cause of soft tissue sarcomas is not entirely understood, however, studies have indicated that your genes may play a role. Other theories include the following.
Are soft tissue sarcomas common?
As a group, soft tissue sarcomas (other than rhabdomysarcoma, which is slightly more common), account for less than 1 percent of all new cancer cases each year and 3 percent of all childhood tumors. In the United States, about 900 children and adolescents are diagnosed with soft tissue sarcomas each year.
What are the symptoms of soft tissue sarcomas?
Soft tissue sarcomas affect tissue that is elastic and easily moved, which means a tumor may exist for a long time before being discovered, growing large and pushing aside surrounding tissue. While symptoms may vary, the most common include:
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