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Red Flags

Red Flags for Providers

Any lump or bump

-Appearing anywhere
-Enlarging overtime
-Involving Deep Tissue
-Presenting with or without pain


Unexplained pain or tenderness

-May occur at night
-May persist when resting


Clues during exam

-Joint Contracture
-Transillumination (synovial cysts)
-Skin Necrosis
-Tinel’s sign
-Cutaneous nodules
-Multiple masses
-No value-soft, mobility



Patients – pay attention to your body.


-That is not explained by an injury or too much activity (be careful here as I am a triathlete and overuse was a big part of hurting. 
-That occurs at night
-That persists when resting the sore area
-That lasts more than one month


Be sure to seek medical attention if you or your child experience:

-More pain than would be expected from an incident
-Pain that does not go away despite treatment
-Any areas on the body that should be the same on both sides, but are not.
-Discomfort when moving an arm or leg.

Sarcoma Cancers:

-Can grow in bones, muscles, or any soft tissue in the body – even fat, nerves and vessels

-Can occur in people of all ages, from young children to adults.
-Are among the 5 most common childhood cancers
-Are commonly overlooked and too often misdiagnosed.


Not all lumps and bumps are cancerous. However, sarcoma is best treated if diagnosed early. Be vigilant, seek help and ask questions.


Be alert to:

-Any lump or bumps

that are deep, new, getting larger, or that is 2 inches long or larger (a little bit bigger than a golf ball)
-Anywhere in your body, despite whether or not it hurts (not all sarcomas are painful)

Lumps, Bumps and Bruises: the Red Flags of Sarcoma
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