Why raising awareness of womb cancer is important.
Sadly there is no dedicated womb cancer awareness campaign which is why WCSUK is doing what we can to raise awareness of this cancer, which is the 4th most common cancer in women in the UK; it is also the most common gynaecological cancer with more women being diagnosed with womb cancer than cervical or ovarian cancer.
Latest statistics from CRUK show that 9,703 women were diagnosed with womb cancer in 2016/8, and 2 409 died during the same time frame as a result of womb cancer.
Women who are Daughters, Mothers, Sisters, Wives, Aunts and Grandmothers.
Womb cancer accounted for 5% of all new cancer cases in the UK in 2016/18.
Sadly, womb cancer is not just a cancer that post menopausal women get. Many younger women are now being diagnosed so raising awareness amongst all women is vital.
Womb cancer can and does affect women of all ages, so all women need to be aware of the risk factors and the symptoms to look out for.
Always get any unexplained or unusual bleeding checked out by your GP, especially if you are post menopausal.
Womb cancer is easily treated if it is caught early so the earlier you get checked out the better. Please don't ignore the signs.
Risk factors include obesity; never having had children; starting your periods at an early age; having irregular periods; being diabetic or having PCOS.