Skip to main content

Womb cancer

This page provides information for women, their partners and families about womb cancer. 

About womb cancer

Womb cancer is the most common gynaecological cancer. It may also be called endometrial cancer, uterine cancer or cancer of the uterus. The endometrium is the lining of the womb, where most womb cancers start. Any woman presenting with vaginal bleeding after menopause is recommended to have tests to check the lining of the womb. •

The following links provide more information about womb cancer:

  • Cancer Research UK
    Includes information about diagnosing, treating and living with womb cancer
  • The Eve Appeal
    This information includes the key messages, the early signs and symptoms of womb cancer, leading risk factors and actions that may reduce the risk of developing womb cancer
  • Macmillan
    Help and support for people affected by womb cancer
  • NHS Choices
    Includes information about symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and living with womb cancer

Making a choice about your treatment

There will be choices to make about the type of treatment you wish to receive. You will probably have a lot of questions and may wish to discuss your options with family and friends. To begin with, try to get answers to three key questions:

  • What are my options?
  • What are the pros and cons of each option for me?
  • How do I get support to help me make a decision that is right for me?

For more information about working with your healthcare professional to make the right choice for you, please visit the NHS Shared Decision Making website.

About the links on this page

Some of the information this page links to  is not produced by the RCOG. Our policy on publishing links to third-party sites outlines how we decide which sites to link to, and our terms and conditions include a disclaimer about the RCOG’s responsibility for information on linked sites.

Please give us your feedback

We would like to understand how people are using this resource to help ensure it is relevant and useful. To give us your feedback, please complete our short survey.

If you have any questions, please email

Elsewhere on the site

Medical terms explained
A–Z of common medical words in women’s health
About the RCOG
Find out about our work to improve women’s health worldwide