The latest statistics from Cancer Research UK that shows that more women are getting uterine (womb) ancer than ever before. Figures in the UK for death from uterine cancer show that they have risen from 3.1 per 100,000 people in the late 1990s to 3.7 per 100,000 people.
According to the statistics, the actual incidence of uterine cancer also rose by 43% over the same period from 13.7 per 100,000 people in the later 1990s to 19.6. It is now know that 1900 women now die from the disease each year, compared with less than 1500 at the end of 1999.
The rise in deaths has been attributed to the higher number of women contracting the disease. However, the good news is that survival rates from uterine cancer are improving all the time with 77% of women now surviving for five years or more.
According to Cancer Research UK there seems to be a direct link between unhealthy body weights and increased rates of uterine cancer. Sara Hiom of Cancer Research UK said “Maintaining a healthy bodyweight can halve a woman’s risk of womb cancer and is one of the best ways to protect against the disease. Women should also be aware of the symptoms of womb cancer which include abnormal vaginal bleeding – especially for post-menopausal women – abdominal pain and pain during sex. Although these symptoms don’t usually mean cancer, as they could be signs of more common conditions like fibroids or endometriosis, it’s still vital to get them checked by a doctor. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the more likely treatment will be successful.”