Sarcoma: Adult Soft Tissue Cancer

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What Is Sarcoma - Adult Soft Tissue Cancer? TOPICS

What are the key statistics about soft tissue sarcomas?

The American Cancer Society's estimates for soft tissue sarcomas in the United States for 2016 are (these statistics include both adults and children):

  • About 12,310 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (6,980 cases in males and 5,330 cases in females).
  • 4,990 Americans (2,680 males and 2,310 females) are expected to die of soft tissue sarcomas.

The most common types of sarcoma in adults are undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (previously called malignant fibrous histiocytoma), liposarcoma, and leiomyosarcoma. Certain types occur more often in certain areas of the body than others. For example, leiomyosarcomas are the most common abdominal sarcoma, while liposarcomas and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma are most common in legs. But pathologists (doctors who specialize in diagnosing cancers by how they look under the microscope), may not always agree on the exact type of sarcoma. Sarcomas of uncertain type are very common.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

Last Medical Review: 12/29/2014
Last Revised: 02/09/2016