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Womb cancer deaths rising

5th April 2012

The charity Cancer Research UK has reported a sharp rise in the number of women dying from cancer of the womb.


Figures show that cases of womb cancer, known as uterine cancer, increased by almost 18% in the last ten years and also that more cases are being diagnosed.

The fourth most common cancer in women, it tends to occur after the menopause.

From the 1970s to 1996 the incidence of womb cancer had remained at about 13.7 cases for every 100,000 women in the UK but that has now risen to 19.6 per 100,000.

While survival rates have improved with 77% of women now living at least five years after treatment, deaths have also gone up with the mortality rate moving from 3.1 to 3.7 deaths from uterine cancer for every 100,000 women. In 2010, 1,937 women died from the disease.

Gynaecological cancer expert Professor Jonathan Ledermann from Cancer Research UK said: “It's hugely troubling that more women are dying from womb cancer, but we shouldn’t let this cloud the fact that the chances of surviving the disease are still better than ever.

“This is due to better organisation of care for women's cancers and more widespread use of one-stop clinics for post-menopausal bleeding, as well as advances in the use of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy through clinical trials.”

The World cancer Research Fund has suggested that womb cancer is one of several types of cancer where there is strong evidence that obesity increases risk, alongside breast, bowel, oesophageal, pancreatic and kidney cancer.


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