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Soft Tissue Sarcoma Prevention and Screening

Sarcoma Screening

Screening tests may be able to find certain types of cancer if a person is at risk but does not have symptoms. Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have been shown to improve sarcoma outcomes.

If someone in your family has had a sarcoma or other type of cancer when he or she was young, or if certain diseases (see Risk Factors) run in your family, you should talk to your doctor about genetic testing.

Sarcoma Risk Factors

Anything that increases your chance of getting cancer is a risk factor. For sarcoma, risk factors include:

Inherited genetic conditions such as: 

  • Von Recklinghausen disease
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Gardner syndrome
  • Inherited retinoblastoma
  • Werner syndrome
  • Gorlin syndrome
  • Tuberous sclerosis

Damage or removal of lymph nodes during previous cancer treatments.

Exposure to vinyl chloride, a chemical used in making plastics.

Previous radiation treatment for another cancer.

Not everyone with risk factors gets sarcoma. However, if you have risk factors, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your health care provider.

If you have been diagnosed with sarcoma or your doctor thinks you may have sarcoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • One of few medical teams in the world dedicated to sarcoma treatment
  • Latest diagnostic tools; specialized pathologists
  • Advanced sarcoma surgical procedures, including limb-sparing surgery
  • Most-advanced chemotherapy agents and delivery methods
  • Genetic testing
  • Clinical trials of new sarcoma therapies

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Sarcoma Prevention

Research shows that many cancers can be prevented. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.


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