Help Strike Out Sarcoma

July 1, 2019
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

The Duke Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Program will host its 10th Annual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K & Family Fun Walk this year on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Sarcoma is a type of cancer that begins in bone or in the soft tissues of the body in children and adults. Most sarcomas that originate in the bone (osteosarcomas) occur in children and young adults, but can develop at any age. Teens are the most commonly affected age group. According to the American Cancer Society, about two percent of childhood cancers are osteosarcomas, but osteosarcomas make up a much smaller percentage of adult cancers.

An estimated 800 to 900 people total will be diagnosed with osteosarcoma this year, with about half being children and teens younger than 20. About 12,750 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed in 2019. Leiomyosarcomas are the most common type of soft-tissue sarcoma found in the abdomen, while liposarcomas and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas are the most common in the legs. 

The 10th Annual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K & Family Fun Walk takes place on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary, North Carolina. To register, visit Strike Out For Sarcoma 5K.