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Womb cancer rates at 30-year high

The rate of womb cancer in the UK is at its highest for at least 30 years, a charity has disclosed.

In 1975 the rate was 13 women with the disease out of every 100,000, today it is 19 per 100,000.

Every year around 7,530 women develop the cancer, up from 1993's figure of 4,813.

On publishing the statistics, Cancer Research UK claimed the rise is partly caused by more women being overweight and them having fewer or no children.

Womb cancer killed 1,741 women in 2008. It is the fourth most common type of the disease and is now the second-fastest growing cancer in women, after malignant melanoma of the skin.

The charity's health information director, Sara Hiom, said: "These figures show that we're still seeing a year-on-year rise in the number of women diagnosed with womb cancer, and more needs to be done to tackle this. Women can reduce their risk of developing the disease by keeping a healthy weight, taking regular exercise and reducing the amount of alcohol they drink.

"All women should be aware of the symptoms of womb cancer which include abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially for post-menopausal women, abdominal pain and pain during sex."

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