Childhood rhabdomyosarcoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in muscle tissue.
Rhabdomyosarcoma is a type of sarcoma. Sarcoma is cancer of soft tissue (such as muscle), connective tissue (such as tendon or cartilage), and bone. Rhabdomyosarcoma usually begins in muscles that are attached to bones and that help the body move. Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common type of sarcoma found in the soft tissues of children. It can occur in many places in the body.There are three main types of rhabdomyosarcoma:
Certain genetic conditions increase the risk of childhood rhabdomyosarcoma.
Risk factors for rhabdomyosarcoma include having the following inherited diseases:
In most cases, the cause of rhabdomyosarcoma is not known.
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