Oncologists use sarcoma risk factors to estimate a person’s likelihood of developing the condition and, in turn, educate the patient as to how he or she can be proactive with regular screenings and exams. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, we are committed to helping our patients become more involved in their health care. That’s why we are at the forefront of sarcoma research, continually investigating the potential causes of soft tissue cancers as well as better options for screening and prevention.
In terms of known sarcoma risk factors, the traits that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing the condition include:
- Having lymphedema, retinoblastoma, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Werner syndrome
- Having completed one or more rounds of radiation therapy for breast cancer, lymphoma or other prior medical conditions
- Having sustained, repeated high-dose exposure to arsenic, vinyl chloride, dioxin, chlorophenols, certain herbicides and other known carcinogens
Researchers currently agree that lifestyle factors generally do not play a role in the development of sarcoma. However, it’s always beneficial for individuals to make healthy choices, like avoiding tobacco products, to lower their risk of other types of cancer. Moffitt’s oncologists can help Tampa residents create “action plans” for improving their overall health and staying watchful for any potential warning signs of sarcoma.
Referrals are never required to make an appointment at Moffitt. To set up a time to discuss your sarcoma risk factors with one of our Tampa, FL, oncologists, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.