Uterine cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of uterine cancer, 2011, UK

Deaths

Deaths from uterine cancer, 2012, UK

Survival

Survive uterine cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Prevention

Preventable cases of uterine cancer, UK

  • Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women in the UK, and the most common gynaecological cancer.
  • In 2011, there were around 8,500 new cases of uterine cancer diagnosed in the UK, that is 23 women every day.
  • Almost three quarters of uterine cancers diagnosed in the UK are in women aged 40-74.
  • Uterine cancer incidence rates have increased by around half since the early 1990s in Great Britain.
  • In Europe, around 99,000 new cases of uterine cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012. The UK incidence rate is 20th highest in Europe.
  • Worldwide, more than 319,000 women were estimated to have been diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.

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  • Uterine cancer is the tenth most common cause of cancer death in women in the UK.
  • In 2012, around 2,000 women in the UK died of uterine cancer, that’s more than 5 every day.
  • Around half of deaths from uterine cancer occur in women aged 75 and over.
  • Uterine cancer mortality decreased by a third between the early 1970s and the late 1990s but since then has risen by nearly a quarter.
  • In Europe, around 99,000 new cases of uterine cancer were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2012. The UK incidence rate is 20th highest in Europe.
  • Worldwide, more than 319,000 women were estimated to have been diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.

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  • More than three-quarters of women diagnosed with uterine cancer will survive their disease for at least ten years.
  • Around 8 in 10 women diagnosed with uterine cancer survive the disease for at least five years.
  • Survival from uterine cancer is improving. Ten-year survival has increased by 22 percentage points in the last forty years.
  • Ten-year survival for uterine cancer ranks 6th highest out of 20 common cancers in England and Wales.

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  • 37% of uterine cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.
  • A woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer depends on many factors, including age,genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • Factors which reduce lifetime exposure to oestrogen may relate to lower uterine cancer risk.
  • Overweight and obesity is the main potentially avoidable risk factor for uterine cancer, linked to an estimated 34% of uterine cancer cases in the UK.
  • An estimated 37% of uterine cancer cases in the UK are linked to lifestyle factors including overweight and obesity, lack of physical activity (4%), and hormone replacement therapy (1%).
  • Certain medical conditions and treatments may be linked with higher uterine cancer risk.
  • Some types of oral contraceptives are linked with lower uterine cancer risk.

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The latest statistics available for uterine cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012 and survival 2010-2011. 

The ICD codes Open a glossary item for uterine cancer are ICD-10 C54-C55, which includes cancers of the corpus uteri (or body of uterus [C54] and cancers of the uterus where the part is unspecified [C55]).

Uterine cancer is sometimes called womb cancer, and is occasionally reported as body of the uterus (C54) alone.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages Open a glossary item and co-morbidities Open a glossary item. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics.

Survival by stage is not yet routinely available for the UK due to inconsistencies in the collecting and recording of staging data in the past. Survival by stage is available for the former Anglia Cancer Network in the east of England, however. The former Anglia Cancer Network covers around 5% of the population of England and may not be representative of the country as a whole due to differences in underlying demographic factors (such as age, deprivation or ethnicity), as well as variation in local healthcare provision standards and policies.

Meta-analyses Open a glossary item and systematic reviews Open a glossary item are cited where available, as they provide the best overview of all available research and most take study quality into account. Individual case-control and cohort studies are reported where such aggregated data are lacking.

Most cases of uterine cancer are in the endometrium; accordingly most evidence cited on our risk factors page is for endometrial cancer specifically rather than uterine cancer overall. The specific cancer type is stated where possible.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data.

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