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Soft tissue sarcoma statistics
New cases of soft tissue sarcoma, 2017-19, England
Survive soft tissue sarcoma for 10 or more years, 2009-2013, England
- There are around 4,300 new soft tissue sarcoma cases in England every year, that's around 12 every day (2017-2019).
- Incidence rates for soft tissue sarcoma in the UK are highest in people aged 80-84 (1996-2010).
- Since 2013-2015, soft tissue sarcoma incidence rates have increased by 5% in England (2017-2019).
- 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.
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