What is womb cancer?

Womb cancer starts in the womb (uterus). You may also hear it called endometrial cancer. The endometrium is the lining of the womb. Endometrial cancer is the most common type of womb cancer.

Symptoms of womb cancer

The most common symptom of womb cancer is abnormal bleeding from the vagina. This is especially in women who have stopped having periods (post menopausal women).

Risks and causes of womb cancer

Womb cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women in the UK. We don't know what causes most womb cancers. But there are some factors that can increase your risk of developing it.

Womb cancer survival

Survival depends on many factors including the stage and grade of your womb cancer.

Getting diagnosed with womb cancer

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms that could be due to womb cancer. Your doctor will then decide whether to do tests or refer you to a specialist.

Types and grades of womb cancer

The type of womb cancer you have depends on the type of cell the cancer started in. The grade gives doctors an idea of how fast growing the cancer is.

Stages of womb cancer

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. This helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Treatment for womb cancer

Your treatment depends on the type of womb cancer you have, how large it is and whether it has spread. It also depends on your general health.

Research and clinical trials for womb cancer

Current research into womb cancer.

Living with womb cancer

There is support available during and after treatment to help you cope. This includes support from your clinical nurse specialist, cancer charities, community services, and family and friends.

Advanced womb cancer

Advanced womb cancer means it has spread to other parts of the body. Treatment might help to control symptoms. There is lots of information and support available to you and your family.

Last reviewed: 
07 Feb 2024
Next review due: 
07 Feb 2027