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Sarcoma is a complex group of cancers. There are over 100 different subtypes of sarcoma that can affect any part of the body. 

Sarcoma is cancer. Cancer cells don’t respond to normal cell signals that control growth and division like healthy cells do. Instead, they grow into a tumour, which may invade surrounding layers of tissue and spread to other organs. 

15 people are diagnosed with sarcoma every day in the UK. That’s 5,300 a year. 

Sarcoma is cancer few have heard of – 75% of people have never heard of sarcoma. 

1 in 9 sarcomas are bone sarcoma, a type of primary bone cancer. These tumours originate in cells found in bones anywhere in the body. 

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour or GIST is a type of soft tissue sarcoma that originates on the stomach or intestines. 

Soft Tissue Sarcomas are the most common type of sarcoma – 88% of sarcomas diagnosed in the UK are a type of STS. 

The earlier a sarcoma is diagnosed; the more likely treatment is to be successful. Delays cost lives. 

Sarcoma symptoms can be vague, the most common to look out for are a lump growing or bone pain. If something doesn’t feel right, speak to your GP. 

Sarcoma is an uncommon cancer, but rare cancer isn’t as rare as people think. Over half of cancer deaths in the UK are from rare or less common cancers. 

1 in 3 patients in the UK waited 6 months or more before getting an accurate diagnosis for their sarcoma. 

22% of sarcoma patients were told their symptoms were not serious at their first appointment. 


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