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Can rhabdomyosarcoma be diagnosed in its early stages?

In some cases, rhabdomyosarcomas may be found early in their development. Early diagnosis is more common with rhabdomyosarcoma than with other soft tissue sarcomas. This is because rhabdomyosarcoma tumors usually begin in places that are easily seen, so parents usually notice them pretty early on in their development. In other cases, the tumor may not be seen, but it can cause other symptoms, like bloody or painful urination and bowel movements. Because of this, it is important to take your child to the doctor if you notice any possible symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma that last a few weeks. Also, if your child has a high risk of developing rhabdomyosarcoma -- if they have certain genetic conditions or have been exposed to radiation -- you may want them to have screenings or genetic testing for cancer in order to find it as early as possible.

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