Sarcoma Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about sarcomas, which can develop in various tissues such as muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, and fatty tissues. Bone Cancer Awareness Month focuses on increasing awareness about bone cancers, which can originate in the bones and affect individuals of all ages. During this time, medical professionals and patient advocacy organizations collaborate to educate the public about these uncommon malignancies. They also focus on assisting patients and their families struggling with sarcoma or bone cancer.
The symptoms of sarcoma can vary depending on the location and type of the tumor. Common signs and symptoms may include:
A lump or swelling that may or may not be painful.
Limited range of motion if the tumor is near a joint.
A general feeling of being unwell.
Pain or tenderness in the affected area.
Fractures or breaks in the bone without significant trauma.
Unexplained weight loss.
Risk factors of Bone Cancer
Some common risk factors may include:
While the exact cause of most sarcomas is unknown, certain factors may increase the risk of developing these cancers.
- Genetic conditions like Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Neurofibromatosis type 1, and hereditary retinoblastoma.
- Previous exposure to radiation therapy.
- Certain inherited genetic mutations.
- Age (sarcomas can occur at any age, but some types are more common in certain age groups).
Early identification of sarcoma is critical for improved treatment outcomes. Sarcomas, on the other hand, are typically difficult to identify in their early stages since they may not generate apparent symptoms until they become larger or cause issues. Regular medical check-ups, self-examination for odd lumps or growths, and fast reporting of any symptoms can help diagnose cancer early.
Treatment for sarcoma typically depends on various factors, including the type, size, location, and stage of the tumor. Common treatment options include:
High-energy beams are used to target and destroy cancer cells.
Drugs are used to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.
Drugs specifically target certain abnormalities in cancer cells.
Stimulating the body’s immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells.
Considering the fact that it is rare cancer, Dr. Sachin Marda believes it is essential to raise awareness about its symptoms, risk factors, earlier detection, and treatment options. His specialized team is always there simply to provide you with the best service possible at Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad.