Sarcomas of Specific Organs: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 07/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with STS each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

Overall, sarcoma is uncommon. This year, approximately 12,390 people (6,890 men and boys and 5,500 women and girls) will be diagnosed with STS in the United States.

An estimated 4,990 people (2,670 men and boys and 2,320 women and girls) are expected to die of the disease this year.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rates for people with STS are grouped based on the stage, or extent, of the sarcoma. The statistics below include different types of STS, but do not include Kaposi sarcoma.

The 5-year survival rate for people with STS that is only in the area it started is around 80%. About 58% of patients are diagnosed at this early stage. If the sarcoma has spread to the nearby lymph nodes or regional tissue, the 5-year survival rate is 54%. If the sarcoma has spread to another area of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 16%. Survival rates also depend on other factors, including the specific type of STS diagnosed. Talk with your doctor about what to expect with your specific diagnosis.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for sarcoma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts and Figures 2017, and ACS website.

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