Sarcoma Awareness Week events locally

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NHS Tayside is working with the Scottish Sarcoma Network to deliver an education event around Young People and Sarcoma at the West Park Centre, Dundee today (Wednesday), to coincide with Sarcoma Awareness Week.

Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the supporting or connective tissues of the body such as muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, blood vessels and fat.

There are around 3200 new cases of sarcoma diagnosed each year in the UK and account for approximately 11% of childhood cancers and about 14% of cancers in teenagers.

Soft tissue sarcomas such as liposarcoma (originating from fatty tissue) are the most common and can be found almost anywhere on the body but around 55% will affect the limbs, most frequently the leg.

Speakers at the event will include Iona McMillan from the Teenage Cancer Trust, NHS Tayside Oncologist Dr Michelle Ferguson, NHS Grampian surgeon Mr David Boddie and NHS Highland Oncologist Dr David Whillis.

Dr Ferguson said: “We are delighted to be hosting this Scottish Sarcoma Network summer event in Dundee during Sarcoma Awareness Week.

“The event focuses on sarcamos and cancers in young people. These rare cancers often present as a ‘lump or bump’.

“I would encourage anyone with a lump greater than the size of a golf ball or one that is growing rapidly to consult their GP.”