Sarcoma Awareness Month
Sarcoma Awareness Month was observed in June and July until the International Sarcoma Patient Advocate Network made July 2008 the first official Sarcoma Awareness Month. Since then, advocacy groups have lobbied for legislation recognizing both the month and July 15 as National Leimyosarcoma Day. No such legislation has passed beyond the Senate, but that doesn’t stop organizations such as the Sarcoma Foundation of America and the National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation from educating people about these cancers.
Sarcomas are cancers that begin in the bones and soft tissues. Primary bone cancers are very rare, with around 3,500 new cases diagnosed annually. Soft tissue sarcomas are more common, with about 12,750 new diagnoses annually. Leiomyosarcoma is a soft tissue sarcoma most frequently found in the abdomen. See Cancer Health’s Bone Cancer Basics page, and news and information about bone cancer. Find out more about the sarcoma community from the Sarcoma Foundation and NLMSF.