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Key Statistics for Soft Tissue Sarcomas

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The American Cancer Society's estimates for soft tissue sarcomas in the United States for 2024 are:

  • About 13,590 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (7,700 in males and 5,890 in females).
  • About 5,200 people (2,760 males and 2,440 females) are expected to die of soft tissue sarcomas.

These statistics include both adults and children.

The most common types of sarcoma in adults are:

  • Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (previously called malignant fibrous histiocytoma)
  • Liposarcoma
  • Leiomyosarcoma

Certain types occur more often in certain parts of the body more often than others. For example, leiomyosarcomas are the most common type of sarcoma found in the abdomen (belly), while liposarcomas and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas 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.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team

Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as editors and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2024. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2024.

Last Revised: January 12, 2023

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