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Sarcomas are cancers that occur in the soft tissues of the body. Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) affects cells called rhabdomyoblasts, immature cells which go on to form the skeletal muscles of the body. Although it is the most common soft tissue cancer in children, only about 350 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

Rhabdomyosarcoma occurs in two distinct age groups: children five years of age and under, who are most likely to have the embryonal form of disease; and adolescent children aged 14-20, who more often have alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. The overall five-year survival rate for rhabdomyosarcoma is 70% when detected in an early, treatable stage.

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