Diagnosing a Sarcoma
Sarcomas usually present as a lump.
Soft Tissue Sarcomas should be suspected in any lump which is;
- Greater than 5 cm in diameter
- Deep to the fascia (not easily moved from side to side or up and down)
Over half (55%) of sarcomas are found in the limbs; most in the lower limb
Nearly a third (30%) develop within the abdomen
The remaining (15%) tumours are found on the trunk and in the head & neck region.
Anyone suspected of having a sarcoma should be referred to a sarcoma specialist for investigation and management