July is Sarcoma Awareness Month: Here’s what you need to Know.

The pages on the calendar have quickly turned and July is again upon us. For most, July means freedom from school, a summer vacation, or celebrating our nation’s independence. But those of us in the sarcoma community know that this month means something else as well. As we know, July is Sarcoma Awareness Month.

A sarcoma is a rare kind of cancer. Sarcomas are different from the much more common carcinomas because they happen in a different kind of tissue. Sarcomas grow in connective tissue -- cells that connect or support other kinds of tissue in your body. These tumors are most common in the bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, nerves, fat, and blood vessels of your arms and legs, but they can happen anywhere.

Although there are more than 50 types of sarcoma, they can be grouped into two main kinds: soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma, or osteosarcoma. About 12,000 cases of soft tissue sarcoma and 3,000 cases of bone sarcomas were seen in the U.S. in 2014.

Sarcomas can be treated, often by having surgery to remove the tumor.

We don't yet know what causes sarcoma, but we do know some things that raise the risk of developing one:

Sources: WebMD, Sarcoma Foundation of America

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