Notts: Cancer of the womb cases rise by almost a quarter

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The number of women diagnosed with womb cancer in Notts has risen by more than a quarter in five years, new figures reveal.

September is gynaecological cancer awareness month and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is urging local women to visit their doctor if they have concerning symptoms.

The focus this September is on cancer of the womb, also known as endometrial cancer.

Around 180 women are treated for the disease in Notts each year, and the number of cases has increased by 25 per cent in the last five years. 37 per cent of cases are linked to lifestyle and other risk factors including being overweight.

David Nunns, clinical lead for cancer at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and a gynaecologist, said: “It’s important we all start having honest conversations about the signs and symptoms of these diseases in order to break down the social taboos and any embarrassment that currently exist.”

This cancer usually affects women aged over 50 and the symptoms can include vaginal bleeding more than one year after the menopause. Women with these symptoms should see their GP as soon as possible.