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Today is International Women’s Day. To mark the day, we highlight the most common cancers for women in the UK, look at the different cancers that only affect women, and point you in the direction of our information and support…
The most common cancers for women in the UK
The three most common cancers for women in the UK are breast cancer, lung cancer and bowel cancer. These three cancers make up more than half of all female cases of cancer in the UK.¹
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There are different types of cancer that only affect women. These cancers affect different parts of women’s reproductive systems. They are known as gynaecological cancers.
The gynaecological cancers are:
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¹ Cancer Research UK, The 10 Most Common Cancers in Females, UK, 2013
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THanks for the International Women's Day post. Really interesting reading. Can I highlight the fourth most common cancer affecting women? It is womb cancer. Very under researched with less than £400 per diagnosis spent on womb cancer and on the rise, driven largely by the increasing number of women with a high BMI and changing practice about hysterectomy. Yet many women are unaware of womb cancer.
It is time for a new focus on gynae cancers and gynae health overall. We all know the importance of checking our breasts but how many women are aware of the signs and symptoms of gynae cancers? Too many women receive late diagnoses in gynae cancer, particularly in ovarian cancer, because we do not know the signs and symptoms and too many doctors do not recognise them either.
And, yes, the more women who are aware of the symptoms of womb cancer and what to look out for, the better. Especially as the earlier womb cancer is picked up, the more likely it is to be cured.
You might also be interested in the activities to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (March). And watch this space as we're planning an info team blog on ovarian cancer next week...
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