O Sarcoma cancers
· Can grow in:
o any soft tissue in the body—even fat, nerves and vessels
· Can occur in people of all ages, from young children to adults.
· Are among the 5 most common childhood cancers.
· Are commonly overlooked and too often misdiagnosed.
· Not all lumps, bumps and bruises are cancerous. However, sarcoma is best treated if diagnosed early. Be vigilant, seek help and ask questions.
- Lumps that are deep, new, or getting larger.
· Any lump or bump:
o Especially those 2 inches long or larger (a little bit bigger than a golf ball)
o anywhere in your body
o whether or not it hurts (not all sarcomas are painful)
- o that is not explained by an injury or too much activity
- o that occurs at night
- o that persists when resting the sore area
- o that lasts more than one month
O Be sure to seek medical attention if you or your child experiences:
· More pain than would be expected from an incident.
· Pain that does not go away despite treatment.
· Any areas on the body that should be the same on both sides, but are not.
· Discomfort when moving an arm or leg.
· A lump or bump that is growing and may or may not be painful.
Knowledge is power. The Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign educates the public on the symptoms of sarcoma, with the goal of promoting early detection and ultimately saving lives. Please join us in this effort. Do these few easy things:
- View and Share the Red Flags Video- From "Never Heard of it" to "Caught it Early!". Produced by Paul Sandt and Ideatap Sudios with music by Zach Sobiech.
- Pay attention to your body. Seek a medical evaluation if any symptoms persist.
- Spread the word.
- Share this brochure with your healthcare professional.
With your help, sarcoma will become a cancer people know and recognize. It will hopefully still be rare, but its dangerous symptoms will no longer go undetected.
Not all lumps, bumps and bruises will lead to a sarcoma diagnosis, but with knowledge and awareness, lives will be saved.