The growing threat of womb cancer in the UK

5 April 2012

People seeking treatment for womb cancer has grown considerably over the past ten years, new research has suggested.

Statistics released by Cancer Research UK have highlighted that the incidence of the disease has been constant for the past 25 years.

However, the last decade has seen deaths from womb cancer increasing by an estimated 20 per cent.

Cancer Research UK also pointed out that the mortality rate of the condition has grown to 3.7 per 100,000 cases across Britain – equivalent to over 1,900 deaths per year at the current time.

The research also provided some good news though, with 77 per cent of women now surviving from womb cancer for five years or more.

Sara Hiom, director of information at Cancer Research UK, advised: "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."

Meanwhile, separate statistics by the Mayo Clinic has found that the number of skin cancer cases is on the rise at the moment, with young people particularly at risk.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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