What are the risk factors for sarcoma?

If you have a family history of sarcoma it may mean that you are at a higher risk for developing the disease. Certain inherited (generic) conditions have been linked to higher risk for sarcoma, including:

Other risk factors for sarcoma include:

  • Having had radiation therapy for other cancers.
  • Being exposed to certain chemicals, such as vinyl chloride, arsenic or Thorotrast.
  • Having swelling in the arms or legs for a long time (chronic lymphedema).

What can you do to prevent sarcoma?

You can lower your risk of sarcoma by reducing your exposure to certain chemicals, such as vinyl chloride, arsenic or Thorotrast. Unfortunately, most of the other risk factors for sarcoma are uncontrollable and therefore, there is no way to lower your risk.

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