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What causes leiomyosarcoma?

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Doctors don't know what causes leiomyosarcoma. It might happen because of gene changes that cause cells to grow out of control and form tumors. These changes can happen on their own, or you might have gotten the changed genes from one of your parents.

Most people who get this type of cancer are over age 50. Some people get the disease years after they've had radiation for a different kind of cancer.

From: What Is Leiomyosarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Leiomyosarcoma."

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Leiomyosarcomas (LMS)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "What's New in Leiomyosarcoma."

National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation: "Biopsy," "What is Leiomyosarcoma?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Leiomyosarcoma."

Sarcoma Foundation of America: "Uterine Leiomyosarcoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Leiomyosarcoma."

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Leiomyosarcomas (LMS)."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "What's New in Leiomyosarcoma."

National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation: "Biopsy," "What is Leiomyosarcoma?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Leiomyosarcoma."

Sarcoma Foundation of America: "Uterine Leiomyosarcoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 28, 2018

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