Rhabdomyosarcoma | Sarcoma UK
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Rhabdomyosarcoma develops in the skeletal or voluntary muscles of the body – the muscles we can control ourselves.

There an average of 112 cases of rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosed every year in England.

It makes up 2.84% of all soft tissue sarcomas, and about 0.04% of all cancers.

There are slightly more males diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma.

There are four main types of rhabdomyosarcoma:

  • Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (occurs mainly in older children and teenagers)
  • Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (occurs mainly in young children)
  • Pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma (occurs mainly in adults)
  • Spindle cell / sclerosing rhabdomyosarcoma (a rare variant of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma that can affect adults and children)

We have information on each main type of rhabdomyosarcoma below.

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