The five gynaecological cancers are: cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vulval cancer, and vaginal cancer. Each year in the UK, over 21,000 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer. This means 58 people receive this life-changing news every day. Sadly, 21 of these women die a day from their gynaecological cancer https://eveappeal.org.uk/gynaecological-cancers.
According to the Royal Marsden https://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/gp-update/qa-gynaecological-cancers, uterine, or endometrial, cancer is the most common gynaecological cancer with around 10,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK.
It is the fourth most common cancer in women after breast (55,000 diagnoses a year), lung (22,000), and bowel (18,000). Its incidence has increased by over 50% since the early 1990s mainly due to increasing obesity rates and an ageing population. Incidence rates increase from the age of 40 and peak in those aged 70-74. A woman's lifetime risk is about 2.5%.
September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month so it’s a good time to get time to get any concerns checked out. The symptoms of each of the gynae cancers varies but if you have any pain, discharge or bleeding, or any change that doesn't feel normal for you, then visit your GP and get it checked, as the earlier cancer is detected and treated, the greater the chance of survival.
Further information on the different gynae cancers and their symptoms can be found at: