July is #SarcomaAwareness Month and is a perfect opportunity to raise vital awareness and funds for bone sarcomas (primary bone cancer). This July we're also going to be showcasing highlights from our 2017-2022 strategy, The Biggest Ever Commitment To Primary Bone Cancer - all made possible because of the wonderful support from the bone cancer community!
Matthew Hollingworth, pictured above, was diagnosed in November 2019 with osteosarcoma in his shoulder. During his first cycle of chemotherapy, Matthew was told that there were growths on his lungs and that due to the position of the tumour, surgically removing it would be impossible and his only option to remove the tumour would be to amputate his entire left arm. Following his treatment and surgery, Matthew sadly passed away in February 2022, aged 22. Before Matthew died, he was determined to help us raise vital awareness of the disease and kindly shared his story with us. That's why, this July, Matthew is the face of our 2022 #SarcomaAwareness Month campaign. Read his incredible story of strength and determination in his own words by tapping here.
Educate yourself this July...
Primary bone cancers, or bone sarcomas, are cancers that originate in a cell found in the bone. They can develop in any bone in the body, though over a third of cases (34%) are found in the long bones of the lower body - such as the thigh (femur) or shin bone (tibia). There are several types of bone sarcoma / primary bone cancer, below are links to find out more about each form. The most common are:
There are also several less common forms of tumours that arise in the bone, these are:
- Spindle Cell Sarcoma of the Bone
- Angiosarcoma of the Bone
- Giant Cell Tumour of the Bone (a non-cancerous tumour)
Newly-diagnosed with bone cancer?
We know being diagnosed with primary bone cancer is a stressful and emotional time. Watch Dr Zoe Davison, Head of Research, Information and Support at the Bone Cancer Research Trust and Helen Stradling, Sarcoma Specialist Nurse and Support Line Manager at Sarcoma UK, chat about treatment and support available to patients as well as their loved ones.
Symptoms to look out for...
Symptoms of primary bone cancer can be very general and often appear similar to the symptoms of sports injuries, growing pains or many other common conditions such as tendonitis or arthritis. They may also vary depending on the location and the size of the tumour. See our symptoms graphic below for more information.
If you are concerned about symptoms, always seek medical advice from your doctor or GP. For more information, please call our Support & Information Line on 0800 111 4855 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm).
Impact from our 2017-2022 strategy
With our ultimate ambition to find a cure for primary bone cancer, in 2017 we launched our 5-year strategy, The Biggest Ever Commitment To Primary Bone Cancer, to help us get there!
Our 2017-2022 strategic objectives formed the foundation of our plans for each year and as we approach the end of this strategy period for #SarcomaAwareness Month, we’re showcasing what we have achieved over the past 5 years – all made possible by the support of our wonderful bone cancer community. Find out more below.
Go orange with us this #SarcomaAwareness Month!
We’re inviting YOU to go orange for the day on Wednesday 13th July for #OrangeWednesday to raise vital funds and awareness for bone cancer patients and their families, so get Orange Wednesday in your diary today! - Don’t worry if you can’t make 13th July, you can go orange any day throughout July!
There are loads of ways to get involved! Get creative and dress in as much orange as possible or bake up some tasty orange treats... Bathe in a tub of baked beans? Could your workplace or school go orange for the day? Who can have the most orange workstation? Or win ‘Best Dressed’ in orange? Anything goes as long as it's ORANGE!
Click below for more orange inspiration and to request your FREE fundraising pack today. Your support will give real hope to families facing bone cancer.
Want some #TeamBones orange clothing? Don't miss out on getting yourself, or a loved one, some fabulous orange pieces whilst helping to raise vital awareness and life-saving funds! Shop now.
Take on a challenge
Want something more challenging this #SarcomaAwareness Month? Sign up to our next exciting month-long challenges. Start your training, fundraising and raising awareness in July then smash your challenge in August.
Walk or run 100 Miles and bag yourself a free #TeamBones t-shirt to raise vital #SarcomaAwareness, PLUS if you reach the fundraising target, you'll get yourself an awesome medal at the end! You'll be making a huge difference to those affected by primary bone cancer. Sign up below now.
Help educate others...
As always we will be sharing lots of posts, stories, news and announcements through #SarcomaAwareness Month. Help educate others and spread the word:
- Download and share our symptoms graphic
- Share your own experience of bone sarcoma / primary bone cancer with friends and family on social media using the hashtag #SarcomaAwareness
- Ask friends to visit this webpage to educate themselves on bone sarcoma / primary bone cancer