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July is National Sarcoma Awareness Month. What is sarcoma, you ask? Sarcoma is a cancer that affects the connective tissues in the body, including nerves, muscles, joints, fats and bones. Sarcoma is very rare. According to the Sarcoma Alliance, sarcoma makes up approximately 1 percent of adult cancers and 15 percent of childhood cancers.
You can make a difference this month by learning symptoms and risk factors, and raising awareness of the disease.
Here’s what you need to know:
Here’s what you can do to stay ahead of the game:
Get yearly checkups and tell your doctor if you have any unexplained lumps or changes in your health. Check for new lumps on your body or look for lumps that are getting larger over time. If you experience abdominal pain that does not improve or gets worse, contact your primary care physician.
Get involved. Visit the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
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