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Soft tissue sarcoma statistics
New cases of soft tissue sarcoma, 2010, UK
Survive soft tissue sarcoma for 10 or more years, 2009-2013, England
- Around 3,300 people were diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in 2010 in the UK, that’s around 9 people every day.
- In the UK in 2010, around 1,700 males and around 1,600 females were diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma.
- The most common subtypes of soft tissue sarcoma in the UK in 2008-2010 were leiomyosarcoma (18%), fibroblastic sarcoma (14%) and liposarcoma (13%). One-fifth (20%) of soft tissue sarcoma cases were not recorded as a specific subtype (sarcoma NOS).
- Around 4 in 10 (43%) soft tissue sarcoma cases are diagnosed in people over 65 years old.
- Though all of the main soft tissue sarcoma subtypes are more common in older people than younger people, the age profile varies between subtypes. Rhabdomyosarcoma in particular affects young children.
- Soft tissue sarcoma incidence rates have increased overall in the UK since the mid-1990s, by 18% for males and 14% for females between 1996-1998 and 2008-2010. This is probably linked with improvements to diagnosis and data recording.
- Incidence rates have remained stable for most of the main soft tissue sarcoma subtypes in the UK since the mid-1990s. Rates of liposarcoma, fibroblastic sarcoma, rare soft tissue sarcoma variants, and sarcoma NOS have increased between 1996-1998 and 2008-2010, while rates of leiomyosarcoma have decreased. Changes in the definition of some subtypes may partly explain the trends.
- Most soft tissue sarcomas occur in the limbs.
- An estimated 11,700 people who had previously been diagnosed with connective and soft tissue sarcoma were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.
- Almost half (45%) of people diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in the UK survive their disease for ten years or more (1996-2000).
- More than half (53%) of people diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in the UK survive their disease for five years or more (2001-2005).
- Three-quarters (75%) of people diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in the UK survive their disease for one year or more (2005-2009).
- Soft tissue sarcoma 10-year survival in the UK is similar in men and women (1996-2000).
- Soft tissue sarcoma five-year survival in the UK in males is highest for those diagnosed at 35-39 years old and in females is highest for those diagnosed at 25-29 years old (2001-2005).
- 7 in 10 people in the UK diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma aged 35-39 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with 3 in 10 people diagnosed aged 85+ (2001-2005).
- Five-year relative survival for soft tissue sarcoma in men is similar to the European average in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- Five-year relative survival for soft tissue sarcoma in women is below the European average in England but similar to the European average in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
- 100% of Kaposi sarcoma cases in the UK are preventable.
- ‘Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland and Wales, and ’62 day wait’ is not met by any country for sarcoma.
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