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Uterine sarcomas are rare and make up about 2% to 5% of all uterine cancers. The most common types of uterine sarcomas are leiomyosarcoma and endometrial stromal sarcoma (ESS).
Most uterine sarcomas happen in people over the age of 40 and the average age at diagnosis is about 60 years old.
Black women tend to have uterine leiomyosarcomas twice as often as White women, but not other types of uterine sarcomas.
Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.
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Boggess JF, Kilgore JE, and Tran AQ. Ch. 85 – Uterine Cancer. In: Niederhuber JE, Armitage JO, Doroshow JH, Kastan MB, Tepper JE, eds. Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa. Elsevier; 2020.
Memarzadeh S and Berek JS. Uterine sarcoma: Classification, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis. In: Chakrabarti A, ed. UpToDate. Waltham, Mass.: UpToDate, 2021. https://www.uptodate.com. Accessed June 17, 2022.
National Cancer Institute. Uterine Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version. Feb 10, 2022. Accessed at https://www.cancer.gov/types/uterine/hp/uterine-sarcoma-treatment-pdq
on June 17, 2022.
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