Liposarcoma develops from the fat cells found all over the body. It can occur anywhere throughout the body but most commonly on the trunk, limbs and in the retroperitoneum.
There are four main types of liposarcoma: well-differentiated liposarcoma, dedifferentiated liposarcoma, myxoid liposarcoma, and pleomorphic liposarcoma.
There are an average of 454 cases of liposarcoma diagnosed every year in England.
Liposarcoma makes up 11.51% of all soft tissue sarcomas, and about 0.15% of all cancers.
Although liposarcoma can affect anyone of any age, the median age at diagnosis is 65 years old.
There are double the amount of males diagnosed with liposarcoma versus females.
For more information on these statistics, you can visit our soft tissue sarcoma data hub.
WDLS is the most common subtype of liposarcoma, making up about 50% of all liposarcoma diagnoses.
Dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DDLS) progresses from well-differentiated liposarcoma.