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Womb (uterus) cancer

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Womb cancer is cancer that affects the womb (where a baby grows during pregnancy).

Symptoms of womb cancer include bleeding after the menopause, vaginal discharge, and pain in the tummy, back or area between your hip bones.

Most womb cancers happen in women aged 40 and above who have been through the menopause and have high oestrogen levels.

It’s not always possible to prevent womb cancer. Keeping a healthy weight and diet, exercising regularly and cutting down on alcohol may help.

To check for womb cancer, you may have a scan and a small sample of cells from your womb is removed (biopsy).

Womb cancer is mainly treated with surgery and chemotherapy or radiotherapy, depending on the size of the cancer and how far it has spread.

If you have womb cancer, support is available from your specialist team and charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

Page last reviewed: 21/10/2021
Next review due: 21/10/2024