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Sarcoma UK's Key Messages

  • Sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside, including the muscle, bone, tendons, blood vessels and fatty tissues.
  • 15 people are diagnosed with sarcoma every day in the UK. That’s about 5300 people a year.
  • There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma.
  • Sarcoma UK is a national charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma and campaigns for better treatments.

Facts and figures about sarcoma

  • Sarcoma is more common than previously thought. In 2015 there were 5345 people diagnosed with sarcoma cancer in the UK.
  • There are three main types of sarcoma: soft tissue sarcoma, bone sarcoma and gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST)
  • Sarcoma diagnoses now make up about 1.3% of all cancer diagnoses in the UK.
  • About 670 cases of bone sarcoma are diagnosed every year in the UK.
  • Seven in ten (71%) sarcomas diagnosed in the UK are soft tissue sarcomas.
  • The majority of people are diagnosed when their sarcoma is about the size of a large tin of baked beans (10cm)

Survival Rates

  • Sarcoma survival rates have been very gradually increasing over the last two decades in the UK. 
  • Almost eight in 10 people (78%) diagnosed with sarcoma in the UK will live up to a year.
  • The average percentage of people living three years after being diagnosed with sarcoma in the UK is 64.5%. 
  • The five-year survival rate for sarcoma is 55%.

About Sarcoma UK

  • Sarcoma UK is a national charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma and campaigns for better treatments.
  • Sarcoma UK has helped more than 1000 individuals who use our support services an average of three times since we launched it in February 2016.
  • The charity is now one of the biggest funders of sarcoma research in the UK, having invested more than £2 million to date (as of July 2018).

Downing Street Partnership
Sarcoma UK was chosen as 10 Downing Street’s Charity of the Year (2016)  in memory of Chris Martin, Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, who died of sarcoma in November 2015.