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What causes soft tissue sarcoma?

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

A family history of certain diseases that you can inherit from your parents. These include neurofibromatosis and Gardner syndrome, which are disorders that make tumors grow in parts of your body.

Certain chemicals like arsenic, vinyl chloride, or dioxin.

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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