The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 12,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancers of the bone and soft tissue this year.
Primary bone cancer originates in bone and is uncommon. Around 2,500 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
Sarcomas of the Soft Tissue
Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumors that can develop in fat, muscle, nerve, fibrous tissues surrounding joints, blood vessel or deep skin tissues in any part of the body.
About half of sarcomas develop in the arms or legs. The rest begin in the trunk, head and neck area, internal organs or the back of the abdominal cavity.
Secondary Bone Cancers
Secondary bone cancer occurs when cancer has spread from a distant site (such as the breast, prostate or lung).
For more information about the Bone and Soft Tissue Program, please call 704-442-2000.