Soft tissue sarcoma is when cancer cells develop in the connective tissues (which are a group of cells that support the different tissues within the body), this can either be fat, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels in the arm and leg and many more.
The symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma can be a lump or swelling in the affected area. The swelling could be painless, however, if you notice it getting bigger, then you must see your GP. I always advise people around me to know their body. No one else will know what is normal for your body better than you, therefore, if you notice any symptoms then document or create a small diary of this and report to your GP as soon as possible.
Age, injury, lymphoedema*, genetic conditions, previous treatment such as radiotherapy and exposure to chemicals can increase one’s chances of developing soft tissue sarcoma.