Clinical update

Womb cancer

Womb cancer is the fourth most common cancer in UK women.
Womb cancer

Essential facts

An estimated 9,000 women are diagnosed with womb cancer in the UK each year, making it the fourth most common cancer in women.

Around 2,000 women die from the disease – also known as uterine cancer – each year. Endometrial cancer, which starts in the lining of the uterus, is the most common type.

Rising levels of obesity among UK women have helped fuel a 54% increase in womb cancer rates over the past two decades, according to the charity Cancer Research UK. In the early 1990s, around 19 women in every 100,000 developed the disease. That figure has now climbed to 29 women in every 100,000.

The most common symptom of womb cancer is abnormal bleeding from the vagina, especially in post-menopausal women. Less common symptoms include blood in the urine, anaemia, a high platelet count or a high blood sugar


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