Saturday 1 October 2016

Rise in womb cancer linked to women starting families later in life

Published 17/02/2016 | 14:49

The rate of womb cancer diagnosis has increased by a quarter in the past ten years.
The rate of womb cancer diagnosis has increased by a quarter in the past ten years.

The rise in the number of womb cancer cases has been attributed to women starting families later in life, or choosing to not have children.

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New research found that the number of those diagnosed with womb cancer has increased by a 6pc throughout the past ten years, which scientists say can be linked to women having children in their late thirties and forties.

Women who have not had children are also more at risk from the disease.

The study was funded by Cancer Research UK found that rates of womb cancer have from 23pc per 100,000 in 2001 to 2003, to 29pc per 100,000 in 2011 to 2013.

The disease has become the fourth most common cancer amongst women, behind breast, bowel and lung cancer.

Cancer Research UK’s health information officer Fiona Osgun told The Daily Mail: “Having fewer children, or having them later on in life, is linked to an increased risk of breast and some other cancers.”

The researchers behind the study revealed that while the instance of womb cancer has increased throughout the past decade, the chance of surviving the disease has increased.

"People are living longer so more people are getting cancer," said Nick Ormiston-Smith, Cancer Research UK's head of statistical information.

"But the good news is more people are surviving their cancer.

"There's still a huge variation in survival between different cancer types and there's a lot of work to do to reach Cancer Research UK's ambition for three in four patients to survive their disease by 2034."

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