Approximately 30% of skeletal system cancers are chondrosarcomas.
Approximately 50% of soft-tissue sarcomas develop in an arm or leg; 40% develop in the torso or abdomen; and 10% develop in the head or neck.
Soft-tissue sarcomas can be difficult to distinguish from other malignancies when they are found within organs, leading experts to believe soft-tissue sarcomas are under-reported.
Sarcomas are more commonly diagnosed in children than adults, as they account for approximately 1% of all adult cancers and 15% of all childhood cancers.
Soft-tissue sarcomas rarely cause symptoms in early stages. Because soft-tissue sarcomas can develop in flexible, elastic tissues or deep spaces in the body, the tumors may grow quite large before they cause symptoms.
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