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July Was Sarcoma Awareness Month!
Date:8/1/2014

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 01, 2014

Did you know that July was Sarcoma Awareness Month? The goal of Sarcoma Awareness Month is to raise awareness across the country and to educate people on the symptoms of, and treatment options for, sarcoma. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 5,000 Americans are expected to die of the disease in 2014, while 12,000 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed.

“A lot of people aren’t as familiar with sarcoma tumors as they are other kinds of cancer,” said Dr. Chawla, a physician at the Sarcoma Oncology Center in Santa Monica. “But the reality is that these soft tissue and bone cancers are just as dangerous as other types of cancer. It is extremely important that people know what sarcomas are.”

What Are Sarcomas?

A sarcoma is a type of tumor that typically occurs in the connective tissues of the body that surround, protect or support the body’s organs and structure, including muscles, joints, bones, nerves, blood vessels, fat and tendons. Unlike most other types of cancer, sarcomas are relatively rare in the elderly and more common in children and young adults.

Sarcomas can occur anywhere in the body, but they happen most commonly in the limbs.

The most common symptoms of a sarcoma tumor include a lump or swelling on the body and pain where the tumor presses on a nerve. Sarcomas are
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