By identifying several risk factors that are associated with sarcoma, oncologists have been able to recognize certain groups of people who have an above-average chance of developing the condition. For example, people who have specific inherited medical conditions are more likely to develop sarcoma than people who do not. However, risk factors cannot definitively predict who will or will not develop the condition, making it important for an oncologist to help put this information into context. At Moffitt Cancer Center, just a short drive away from St. Petersburg, Florida, we have a team of experienced oncologists who can expertly advise patients as they consider their future health.
The factors we consider when assessing a patient’s risk of sarcoma include:
- Whether the patient has been diagnosed with other conditions, such as lymphedema, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, retinoblastoma, tuberous sclerosis, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), neurofibromatosis or Werner syndrome
- Whether he or she has previously undergone radiation therapy
- What sort of carcinogen exposure he or she may have experienced (arsenic, herbicides, dioxin, chlorophenols and vinyl chloride are all known to increase a person’s risk of developing sarcoma)
While extensive research has led medical professionals to officially recognize these sarcoma risk factors, research also shows that many individuals who have one or more of these traits never develop cancer. At Moffitt, we’re continually investigating the roles that these (and other) risk factors play in the development of soft tissue malignancies, using our findings to help patients from St. Petersburg and beyond stay as healthy as possible, for as long as possible. Our oncologists can make individualized recommendations for visits and exams based on each patient’s personal and medical history.
To request an appointment so that you can discuss your sarcoma risk factors with an oncologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating soft tissue malignancies, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are never required; we welcome patients from St. Petersburg, FL, and all other surrounding areas.