April 17, 2014

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Sarcomas; malignant (cancerous) tumors of connective tissues

Malignant (cancerous) tumors of the connective tissues are called "sarcomas." There are more than 50 sub-types of sarcoma. According to the American Cancer Society, about 11,280 people will be diagnosed with sarcoma this year and slightly more men than women develop soft tissue sarcoma. Sarcomas are cancers that are much more likely to affect children and young adults than many other more common cancers. Sarcoma is a very rare disease. Due to its rarity, it is crucial for patients to seek a cancer specialist in the treatment of their disease.

Sarcoma arises in the connective tissue of the body. The connective tissue includes muscle, bone, fat, nerve, cartilage, blood vessel, and deep skin tissue. Connective tissue is present throughout the body, so sarcoma can occur in any location. Sarcomas are divided into two main groups: bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas.