Malignant connective tissue tumors

Malignant tumors of the connective tissue (sarcomas, from Greek sarkoma - "fleshy", because the gross aspect these tumors) are much more rare, comparing with carcinomas. Ninety percent of them are diagnosed in children and young adults, being localized mainly in lower extremities (40 %), retroperitoneum (30 %), upper extremities (20 %), head and neck (10 %).
Nomenclature : type of the tissue to which the malignant tumor will differentiate + "sarcoma".

Last updated : 01/30/2009