Sarcoma Risk Factors

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Anything that increases your chance of getting cancer is considered a risk factor. Key risk factors for sarcoma include:

  • Damage or removal of lymph nodes during previous cancer treatments
  • Exposure to vinyl chloride, a chemical used in making plastics
  • Previous radiation treatment for another cancer
  • Inherited genetic conditions such as:
    • Von Recklinghausen disease
    • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
    • Gardner syndrome
    • Inherited retinoblastoma
    • Werner syndrome
    • Gorlin syndrome
    • Tuberous sclerosis

Not everyone with risk factors gets sarcoma. However, it is a good idea to discuss your individual risk factors with your health care provider.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Higley Road and US 60
2946 E. Banner Gateway Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 256-6444
(855) 256-6444

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