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About womb cancer

Read about who gets womb cancer, where it starts and how common it is.

Womb cancer is sometimes called uterine cancer by doctors as uterus is the medical name for the womb. Or they may call it endometrial cancer. The endometrium is the lining of the womb. Endometrial cancer is the most common type of womb cancer.

If you are looking for information about cancer of the neck of the womb (cervix), this is not the right section for you. We have a separate section about cervical cancer.

The womb and reproductive system

The womb is part of a woman’s reproductive system. It is the pear shaped muscular bag that holds and protects a growing baby during pregnancy. The reproductive system is made up of the:

  • vagina
  • womb (uterus)
  • the neck of the womb (the cervix)
  • fallopian tubes
  • ovaries
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How common it is

Around 9,000 women are diagnosed with womb cancer in the UK each year. About 5 out of every 100 cancers (5%) diagnosed in women are womb cancers. This makes it the 4th most common cancer in women in the UK.

Information and help

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