Did you know that July is Sarcoma awareness month? Here are some facts about Sarcoma:
- Sarcoma is a rare cancer. It affects 1% of adult cancers.
- It is more common in children and it accounts for 15% of childhood cancers.
- Sarcoma is a cancer that affects the connective tissues of the body (tendons, muscles, fat cells, blood vessels, bones, cartilage, and synovial fluid (in joints)
- The term “sarcoma” encompasses over 40 different tumor types.
Here are some signs of Sarcoma:
- A lump that has grown over the past weeks and/or months
- Abdominal pain that doesn’t go away
- Black tarry stools
- Blood in stools or vomit
Keep in mind that even if you have 1 or all of these signs, doesn’t mean that you have Sarcoma. It does mean that you should be checked out by your physician.