July is #SarcomaAwareness Month and is a perfect opportunity to raise vital awareness and funds for bone sarcomas (primary bone cancer).
Bone sarcomas, more commonly referred to as primary bone cancers, 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, 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 Tymour of the Bone (a non-cancerous tumour)
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. For details on Ameloblastoma please click here.
Get involved this #SarcomaAwareness Month...
Attend one of our support groups
This July we have 9 Bone Cancer & Bone Tumour Support Groups scheduled across the UK. All primary bone cancer and primary bone tumour patients and family members are welcome to join.
Support our appeal
Become a Research Sponsor this #SarcomaAwareness Month and give children like Alex the best chance of life.
In January 2013, Alex Read was diagnosed with bone cancer. After one year of gruelling surgery and treatment, Alex’s family were given the devastating news that nothing more could be done for him and that all treatment options had been exhausted. Alex sadly lost his fight on the morning of Thursday 13th March 2014, he was just 14 years old. Patients like Alex deserve better, they deserve the best chance of life, but this is only possible through investment in research.
Step up for bone cancer
The walking event for everyone!
Step up in memory, step up in celebration or simply step up to find a cure. Whatever your reason for stepping up, you will be joining hundreds of like-minded people with the same aim: to find a cure for bone cancer. Get your free pack this #SarcomaAwareness Month!
Raise #SarcomaAwareness on social
Share your experience of bone sarcoma with friends and family on social media using the hashtag #SarcomaAwareness.