Womb cancer preventability statistics

Womb cancer (also known as endometrial or uterine cancer) is the fourth most common cancer in women in the UK.

Womb cancer incidence

In 2013, 8,784 women were diagnosed with cancer of the endometrium, or womb lining. This type of cancer does not affect men, as they do not have an endometrium.

Womb cancer mortality

In the UK in 2013, 1,557 women died of womb cancer.

Proportion preventable

Scientists estimate the following proportion of cases of womb cancer could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:

Lifestyle factor Increase or decrease risk? Approximate % preventable
Physical activity Decrease 10
Body fatness Increase 38
Total   44

The evidence also shows that excess fat around the waist is probably a risk factor for womb cancer.

Find out more about preventability estimates or, for more detailed information, download appendix A of our policy report.


The figures come from the following sources: incidence for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland; mortality for England and WalesScotland and Northern Ireland.