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What causes a soft tissue sarcoma?

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Doctors aren’t sure why these types of cancers happen, but they think some things may raise your chances of having one:

  • A family history of certain diseases that can be passed down from your parents, such as neurofibromatosis or Gardner syndrome (disorders that make tumors grow in parts of your body)
  • Being around chemicals like arsenic, vinyl chloride, or dioxin
  • Being exposed to radiation, including during treatment for other kinds of cancer

From: What Is a Soft Tissue Sarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

The Mayo Clinic: “Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Sarcoma Foundation of America: “Patient resources.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sarcoma.”

American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Cancer Research UK: “Living with Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

The Mayo Clinic: “Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Sarcoma Foundation of America: “Patient resources.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sarcoma.”

American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Cancer Research UK: “Living with Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

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