Sarcomas of Specific Organs: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2022

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma (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. Statistics for sarcomas in specific organs are unavailable because of the rarity of these diseases. This year, an estimated 13,190 people (7,590 men and boys and 5,600 women and girls) in the United States will be diagnosed with STS in general.

It is estimated that 5,130 deaths (2,740 men and boys and 2,390 women and girls) from this disease will occur in the United States 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 overall 5-year survival rate for people with STS is 65%. However, rates vary based on the specific type and the stage, or extent, of the sarcoma. The statistics below include different types of STS, but do not include Kaposi sarcoma and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).

The 5-year survival rate for people with STS that has not spread from the area where it started is 81%. An estimated 60% of patients are diagnosed at this early stage. If the sarcoma has spread to the nearby lymph nodes (which is uncommon for most types of sarcoma) or regional tissue, the 5-year survival rate is 56%. If the sarcoma has spread to another area of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 16%. Talk with your doctor about what to expect with your specific diagnosis.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with STS 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. This means the estimate may not reflect the results of advancements in how STS is diagnosed or treated from the last 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society website and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. (All sources accessed January 2022.)

The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It describes the factors that may increase the chance of developing sarcoma. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.