Friday, 10 July 2015

10 July 15 ... July is Sarcoma Awareness Month ?

According to the American Association of Cancer Research website; July is Sarcoma Awareness Week. I am not sure if this is recognised internationally, as I was unable to find any information related to Australia..... 

I have added some sarcoma facts that I have found; in the spirit of bringing more awareness to this uncommon cancer, with the hope that through more awareness comes more research, and with more research there will be higher survival rates:

  1. Sarcomas are a rare group of cancers; where malignant cells form in bone or soft tissue.
  2. Sarcoma account for less than 3% of all cancers and occur in approximately 1% of the Australian population.
  3. There are many, many different types of Sarcoma.
  4. Many people who develop sarcomas will have no known risk factors.
  5. Sarcoma can be found in any part of the body, a high percentage however are found in the legs.
  6. Sarcoma can develop at any age, but is more likely over the age of 55years, with the risk being equal to male and female.
  7. Sarcomas are usually managed by a Multidisciplinary Team, which can include a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist and radiologist.

** Many people have asked why Brendan has his treatment in Sydney, and not closer to home. It is because his oncologist is very experienced in the type of sarcoma that he has, and he is based in Sydney.

Information sourced through:
  •  Australian Sarcoma Study Group  
  • American Association of Cancer Research
  • Watching and listening as my husband has undergone 12 months of intensive cancer treatment for a sarcoma in his right thigh

      Life is good and hope is limitless.
Cal xx

You can find more information on Sarcoma Cancer by following this link:sarcoma

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