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Womb cancer deaths rise dramatically in a decade, and experts blame obesity

Published on 05/04/2012

The number of people dying from womb cancer has increased by nearly 18 per cent in the past 10 years.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that from the 1970s to 1996 the incidence of womb cancer stayed around 13.7 cases for every 100,000 women in the UK.

However, the incidence now stands at 19.6 per 100,000, a 43 per cent increase. Cancer Research blames this rise on the number of obese women in the UK.

Rachael Gormley, from the World Cancer Research Fund, said: "Womb cancer is one of several types of cancer where there is strong evidence that obesity increases risk. Others include breast, bowel, oesophageal, pancreatic and kidney.”

Cancers of the uterus usually begin in the cells that make up the lining of the uterus. Womb cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, and tends to occur after the menopause.

Whilst survival rates for the cancer have improved- with 77 per cent of women now living at least five years after treatment- death rates from the disease have gone up.

In the past decade the mortality rate has increased from 3.1 deaths to 3.7 deaths from womb cancer for every 100,000 women. In 2010, 1,937 women died from the cancer.

Professor Jonathan Ledermann, a gynaecological cancer expert at the charity, 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."

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