Obesity has been identified as an important contributing factor to womb cancer rates reaching their highest level since 1975.
The disease currently affects about 19 per 100,000 women, statistics from Cancer Research UK showed, with the previous high 35 years ago being 13 per 100,000. About 7,530 sufferers develop womb cancer each year in the UK, up from 4,813 in 1993.
Scientists believe that more women being overweight or obese as well as having fewer or no children are among the reasons for the rise.
Cancer Research UK director of health information 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.”
A total of 1,472 people were killed by womb cancer in Britain in 2008, making it the fourth most common cancer among women. It is the second-fastest most growing cancer in females after malignant melanoma skin cancer.