Sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in different body parts. It is a general term used to signify a cluster of cancers that grow in the bones and soft tissues. Usually, soft tissue sarcoma will develop in the tissues, supporting, surrounding, and connecting other body parts. It includes tendons, muscle, blood vessels, nerves, fat, and the joint lining. There are over 70 different types of sarcoma.

Read on to know the common signs and symptoms of sarcoma. 

1. Development of lump
One of the most common signs and symptoms of sarcoma is the development of a mass or lump. This lump emerges in the area where there is tumor growth. One experiences pain in that area, especially if the lump or mass is pressing against the muscle or nerve. This lump may not be painful if it is located deep within the body cavity or extremity. However, if the lump is cancerous, it will grow in size, making it necessary to consult a doctor at the earliest.

2. Uncomfortable swelling
Another common sign and symptom of sarcoma is the appearance of uncomfortable swelling. Swelling is usually prominent if the sarcoma is present in the legs and arms.

3. Limited mobility
Another prevalent soft tissue sarcoma symptom is limited mobility. The tumor restricts motion, especially if the cancer is present in the hands, shoulder, knees, or hip.

4. Skin lesions
Sarcoma can lead to skin lesions when the tumor tries to break through the skin.

5. Broken bone
Sarcoma weakens the bones, making one prone to injury. Bones may break even without any injury or after a minor injury.

6. Bone pain
In children with bone sarcoma, one may experience bone pain, which does not heal or subside. This bone pain may start even without the presence of an external trigger or injury. If this happens, one should not ignore it and consult doctors immediately.

7. Other signs and symptoms of sarcoma
Signs and symptoms of sarcoma depend on the location of the tumor. As mentioned earlier, sarcoma can affect any part of the body. Tumors can develop anywhere in the body and spread to different organs of the body. Read on to know about specific symptoms of sarcoma.

If the tumor develops in the abdomen, then one may not experience any symptoms unless it causes problems, such as vomiting, blocked intestine, bleeding, constipation, or stomach pain. In case one experiences trouble while breathing or feels chest pain, it could be because of lungs or chest sarcoma.

In some cases, tumors develop in the uterus and lead to abdominal pain or/and vaginal bleeding. There may also be gastrointestinal stromal tumors, in which one may not feel hungry. In this case, one may feel full even after a small meal. It may also lead to dark bowel movements and the presence of blood in vomit.