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41% of women in the UK don’t know what the symptoms of womb cancer are

New research conducted by The Eve Appeal indicates that nearly half of UK women don’t know symptoms of the fourth most common female cancer – womb cancer.

41% of women in the UK don’t know what the symptoms of womb cancer are. Womb cancer is in fact the fourth most common cancer in UK women.  The research has also revealed that only a quarter (24%) of UK women realise that womb cancer is in the top five most common cancers for women in the UK.

That’s why The Eve Appeal have developed a comprehensive information guide for women who have been affected by a womb cancer diagnosis, but also providing information for families and friends too.

Over 9,300 women are diagnosed with womb cancer every year in the UK, making it the fourth most common cancer in women. If the cancer is diagnosed early, three out of every four women are likely to be cured. Despite this, each year, more and more women are diagnosed with womb cancer and more than 2,100 women a year die from the disease.

Dr Bella Smith, a GP with a specialist interest in women’s health, responded to the findings: “The most common symptom of womb cancer is vaginal bleeding after the menopause – and it is a very treatable cancer if caught early. As a GP it concerns me that some women put this abnormal bleeding down to ‘one of those things’ and don’t see their doctors early enough. I would like women to be informed about their health and know what to look out for and of course what to expect if the worst happens and they are diagnosed.”

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