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Be aware of the signs of sarcoma

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Last week, I met with Sarcoma UK to discuss the work the charity is doing on improving sarcoma diagnosis and helping give every single person with sarcoma the best chance of survival.

Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside, including the muscle, bone, tendons, blood vessels and fatty tissues.

Fifteen people are diagnosed with sarcoma every day in the UK. That's about 5300 people a year.

The later a sarcoma is diagnosed, the less likely someone is to survive. It's essential that if you have any of the signs and symptoms of sarcoma you contact your GP. These are:

  • A lump which is growing, changing, or bigger than a golf ball
  • Swelling, tenderness or pain in or around the bone which may come and go and may be worse at night
  • Stomach pain, feeling sick, loss of appetite or feeling full after eating only a small amount of food
  • Blood in either your poo or vomit

It's great to see this charity raising public awareness about sarcoma and its symptoms, while funding vital research into better treatments and supporting patients and loved ones through their Sarcoma UK Support Line.

Sarcoma UK Support Line experts are here for every person affected by sarcoma. Call or email for information and support.

Phone: 0808 801 0401

Email: supportline@sarcoma.org.uk