There are 4,295 soft tissue sarcoma cases on average each year in England, a crude rate of 7.7 cases per 100,000 persons (2017-2019).
Around half of soft tissue sarcoma cases in the UK are in females, and around half are in males (1996-2010). Soft tissue sarcoma incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rate ) in the UK are significantly lower in females than in males.
Soft tissue sarcoma incidence rates (European
- NHS Digital. Detailed statistics from the Get Data Out Programme > Sarcoma . Accessed March 2022.
- National Cancer Intelligence Network (2013). Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas – UK Incidence and Survival: 1996 to 2010
About this data
Data is for England, 2017-2019. See source for ICD codes and other data specifics. Data for 1996-2010 is used where more recent data does not provide breakdowns by e.g. sex, age, subtype.
Soft tissue sarcomas are defined primarily by their morphology, while most other cancer types are defined primarily by the body part in which they occur. For this reason, soft tissue sarcomas are classified using International Classification of Diseases for Oncology version 3 (ICD-O-3) while most other cancer types are classified using International Classification of Diseases version 10 (ICD-10). Soft tissue sarcoma statistics should therefore not be compared with statistics for other cancer types on the Cancer Research UK website.