July is Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month

Sarcomas and bone cancers are a rare group of cancers that affect the bones or soft tissues of the body. These cancers are challenging to detect early on and can be difficult to treat. July is recognized globally as Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time to educate people about these cancers and to inspire action towards prevention and early detection. In this blog, we will discuss the different types of sarcomas and bone cancers, their causes, symptoms and why it is essential to spread awareness about them.

Soft Tissue Sarcomas:

Soft tissue sarcomas are cancers that develop in cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, tendons, nerves, and around joints. Early on, these tumors can be hard to identify. The first sign for many is a painless lump that becomes painful as the tumor grows. There are some circumstances that increase the risk of developing soft tissue sarcomas, such as exposure to certain herbicides, wood preservatives, and large doses of radiation. Researchers have found that certain genetic mutations may also increase the risk. People with the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis have an increased risk of developing sarcoma. The incidence rate is slightly higher in men than in women.

Bone sarcomas:

Bone sarcomas are much rarer than soft tissue sarcomas. The most common type of bone sarcoma, osteosarcoma, primarily affects children. Pain, swelling, and tenderness are common symptoms of bone sarcomas. In some cases, anemia, weight loss, and fatigue may also be present. If a tumor is weakening a bone, there may be fractures. Like soft tissue sarcomas, the incidence rate of bone sarcomas is slightly higher in men than in women.

Why we need to spread awareness?

Cancers like sarcomas and bone cancers are rare, and therefore many people do not have adequate information about them. Patients and their loved ones often struggle to find resources and support. Spreading awareness about these cancers can increase information about them, which can help in early detection and treatment. Increased awareness can also encourage the scientific community to conduct further research and develop better treatments.

How to spread awareness?

There are several ways to raise awareness about sarcomas and bone cancers. One way is to participate in events and campaigns dedicated to raising awareness of these cancers. Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to share stories, facts, and resources about sarcomas and bone cancers. Talking to friends and family members about these cancers can also aid in spreading awareness.

Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate people about rare cancers that affect the bones and soft tissues. Soft tissue sarcomas and bone sarcomas can be hard to detect, making them challenging to treat. By spreading awareness about these cancers, we can aid early detection and treatment. Increased awareness can also encourage research and the development of better treatments for sarcomas and bone cancers. Let us spread the word and help make a difference!